40,002 New Volunteers Arrive at the GiftsToGive Factory in Acushnet

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Beekeeper and Organic Gardner Extraordinaire, Bill O’Keefe

Uber Volunteer and Beekeeper Bill O’Keefe introduces 40,002 new volunteers to GiftsToGive

Uber volunteer Bill O’Keefe has volunteered (one more time!) to add beekeeping to his management of our tomato garden.

Each year we grow very special heirloom tomatoes, gifted to us by local attorney Bob Feingold. Seventy-five percent we donate to the city food pantry, the balance we divide among volunteers. Last year we harvested 1,100 pounds!

When researching bees, student interns discovered a mystery. Colony Collapse Disorder – Pesticides and the perfect crime. Widespread bee die-offs, and bees often just vanishing. One beekeeper calls it the Perfect Crime—no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees. What’s happening to the bees?

We’ve installed two colonies of bees on our factory roof (photos here). We hope to help re-establish some balance. Stay tuned and thank you Bill!

 

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