SustainaBee, a division of Westwind Farms Inc., was created out of our passion and dedication to the education, health and vitality of honey bees. Honey bees depend on clean, diverse landscapes to thrive. By adopting a holistic, sustainable and community based approach to raising honey bees, SustainaBee considers both the bees and the environment. We avoid the use of synthetic chemicals or antibiotics in our hives and focus on biodynamics by promoting regenerative, pesticide-free landscapes to support our honey bees, native pollinators, wildlife, and healthy ecosystems.
SustainaBee supports bee health by focusing on holistic and sustainable practices and promotes honey bee education using a community based approach to increasing local bee populations and vitality.
Why Are We Different?
SustainaBee creates community partnerships by reaching out to local community members about providing our hives with homes, and in return, offers personal, direct experiences with our honey bees. We partner with businesses, schools and farms to provide information on honey bees, their importance in agriculture, and the precariousness of bee populations. We also offer the opportunity to personally connect and learn directly about honey bees with hands-on work in our hives.
We are committed to bee health and the environment. In addition to placing hives in various locations for cross pollination and optimal bee nutrition, we plant wildflowers near hives, assist local communities with creating pollinator supportive habitats, use eco-friendly packaging, and avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides.
SustainaBee believes in supporting organizations that have a positive impact on bees. A portion of SustainaBee profits will be used to support these organizations and create a scholarship fund for increasing diversity of individuals pursuing careers in sustainable agriculture/beekeeping.
There are many issues contributing to the decline of bees in the US. Pesticides, poor nutrition, parasites, viruses, and diseases are all bee stressors. Research and education is needed to help save the bee population which is critical to our agricultural industry.
We donate 1% of our net profits to Project Apis m (projectapism.org), an organization dedicated to honey bee research.
We believe in diversity. We want to ensure that there are opportunities for those interested in the future of agriculture and bees to be successful. SustainaBee will offer an annual scholarship fund to support increasing the diversity of individuals interested in pursuing careers in agriculture/beekeeping.
Westwind Farms, Inc.
Westwind Farms Inc. (WFI), founded in 2013, is a 150 acre almond farm located in Woodland, CA, and an environmentally conscience company that utilizes the top of the line, industry leading technology available to agriculture.
WFI understands the many challenges the agriculture industry faces in California. WFI acknowledges that precious natural resources are not only limited, but extremely important for the continued agricultural practices which feeds our state, country and the world. Because natural resources are not unlimited, WFI integrates some of the industry’s best technology to help protect and manage these resources.
WFI believes that honey bees and their health are not only important to almonds, but to our ecosystem. WFI strives to create a landscape that supports bees' nutritional needs through the participation in Project Apis m’s Seeds for Bees® program since 2016. In addition to being Seeds for Bees® participants, WFI is currently in the process of planting native hedgerow habitat to support both honey bees and native populations.