A Cup of Chai with Bee Ambassador, Krista Mogenson

To celebrate the release of our Prana Honey, we had a Cup of Chai with Krista Mogenson, a Bee Ambassador at the Wheen Bee Foundation - Australia’s only registered not-for-profit charity that promotes awareness of the importance of bees for food security, and raises funds for research that addresses the national and global threats to bees.

During the month of October 2020, we are donating $1 from the sale of each jar to our Save the Honeybees Fundraiser. These donations will be split 50/50 between the Wheen Bee Foundation and Rural Aid's Hive Aid campaign, supporting professional beekeepers who have been affected by fire or drought. You can make additional donations through our fundraising page, too - help us save the bees!

The Wheen Bee Foundation Bee Ambassador Program connects passionate bee volunteer advocates from diverse backgrounds:

  • Beekeepers
  • Researchers
  • Farmers Land & resource managers  
  • Other interested supporters

Together these bee advocates share their passion for bees and help raise community awareness about how to better support bees as keystone pollinators for food security and ecosystem health.

Krista Mogenson is a Bee Ambassador and loves to help the bees! She'd like to invite everyone to join the Global Waggle Dance Challenge:

Honeybees are known to communicate in a dance language called the waggle dance. It is an important part of how they provide food for the bee community.

The direction the bee moves in relation to the hive indicates direction of the food source (pollen or nectar); if it moves vertically, the direction to the food source is directly towards the sun.The duration of the waggle part of the dance signifies the distance from the hive!

Wheen Bee's goal is to have 20,000 waggle dance videos uploaded, from 20 countries in 2020, to represent the 20,000 species of bees that exist globally. Get waggling!

Krista, how did you start working with bees?

Ten years ago, I did a local beginner beekeeper course for a day. I was afraid of bees! 

What do you love most about bees?

They’re fascinating little creatures, and their colony is a complete world of mystery, wonder and purpose.

We know there's a lot we can do to help the bees, but if we were only able to change one thing, what would be most helpful?

Plant bee-friendly plants and trees - everywhere :)

What do you think is the most important work that you do at Wheen Bee?

As Wheen Bee Ambassadors we help spread the word about the importance of bees to our food security. At least one in every three mouthfuls of food is thanks to the work of our bee pollinators.

What would a world without bees look like?

Less food, less colour and a whole lot less magic!