Bee Understanding Project

Bee Understanding Project: Job Swap & Documentary Short-films

Honey bee health and agriculture are intrinsically linked. One in three bites of food you put in your mouth and over $15 billion in American agriculture relies on pollination. But modern agriculture is a highly specialized system. Gaps can open up between specialists and into one of the gaps has fallen the honey bee. Improving honey bee health and safeguarding the food supply will take intensive cooperation across the food value chain. That’s why we’ve created the Bee Understanding Project, an incubated project of the Honey Bee Health Coalition.

The first film has been completed and you can view it here

 

Through the Bee Understanding Project, farmers and beekeepers, crop advisers and entomologists, pest control applicators and regulators will switch jobs for a day and walk a mile in the other guys’ boots to see this problem from the ground level and develop solutions together.

20150430085654-BeeSuits.PNGAnd we want to give you a front row seat. In addition to swapping jobs, we’re capturing everything in a series of documentary short films that we will make available to you and work to embed in continuing education programs throughout the food chain.

Together we can accelerate cooperation and improve the health of the honey bee. Your contributions can earn you a “Thank you” credit, a “Producer’ credit, or an invitation to our special Honey Dinner where our executive chef will work culinary magic, incorporating honey into each and every course.  

Please consider making a contribution today.  Learn more at the Bee Understanding Project.

 Join in our commitment to create solutions for pollinator health.

Thank You + Digital Download – $20
We appreciate your support!  We will get you a digital download of the short film as soon as it’s released to the public.

Nurse Bee – $25
Your help keeps us buzzing!  You’ll be one of the first to see the film before it’s released to the public.

Field Bee – $50
Thank you for supporting the cause! You’ll get a digital download of the film before it’s released to the public and a thank you postcard from the Bee Understanding Job Swap.

Scout Bee – $75
Along with our thanks you get to download the film before it’s released to the public and a postcard from the Bee Understanding Job Swap signed by the filmmakers.

Worker Bee – $100
You’re making a difference!  In addition to the early-released digital download of the film and signed postcard, you’ll receive a shout out of thanks on our campaign site!

Colonist – $250
You’re a bee lifesaver!  In addition to the Worker Bee perks, your gift will be immortalized in a “Special Thanks” section of the film’s end credits.

Queen Bee – $300
Bee ye blessed for your donation!  You earned yourself access to behind-the-scene weekly updates on the project, in addition to all the benefits of a Colonist.  

Producer Credit – $450
You’re a rock star supporter! Instead of receiving recognition at the “Special Thanks To” section of the film, your name will be listed as a producer at the start of the end credits of the film, in addition to all the other Queen Bee benefits.

Honeybee Dinner – $500
This is a very special perk and limited to the first 130 donors! In addition to all of the perks of a Producer, you receive a ticket to attend a Honeybee Dinner with a private screening of the documentary film at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham, NJ. World-renowned Executive Chef James Laird will incorporate honey into each and every course. In addition, you will receive a copy of the menu autographed by Chef Laird.

Honeybee Dinner for Two – $900
This is a very special perk and limited to the first 130 donors! In addition to all of the perks of being a Producer, you will receive two tickets to attend a Honeybee Dinner with a private screening of the documentary film at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham, NJ.  World-renowned Executive Chef James Laird will incorporate honey into each and every course.  In addition, you will receive a copy of the menu autographed by Chef Laird.

Executive Producer Credit – $1,000
You’ve joined an elite group of only 30 other donors with a prized space listing your name at the beginning of the film.  You will, of course, still get all the benefits of a Producer, including a ticket to the Honey Dinner.  

Prominent Sponsor – $2,500
This high profile group includes only 30 of your peers, branding your name or the name of your organization prominently on all materials that we use for the film. You will also receive all of the perks of an Executive Producer.  

Honorary Filmmaker – $3,000
Thanks for being one of only 20 A-List supporters!  In addition to all Prominent Sponsor perks, you get virtual access to an hour-long Q+A session with the filmmakers.

Honorary Job-Swappers – $5,000
As one of only 15 sponsors at this level your generosity earns you every perk of an Honorary Filmmaker along with an exclusive virtual Q+A with some of our job-swappers.

Silver Screening with Filmmaker – $10,000
Only 10 groups will have the chance to co-host private screenings for their guests including a live Q+A session with our filmmakers along with receiving all the benefits of an Honorary Job Swapper. Subject to availability.

Gold Screening with Job-Swappers – $20,000
Only 5 groups will have the chance to co-host private screenings and a live Q+A session with some of the actual participants of the Bee Understanding Job Swap. You also receive all the benefits of an Honorary Job Swapper. Subject to availability.

Private Honey Dinner – $30,000
You are a legend among supporters! In addition to the benefits of an Honorary Job-Swapper, you will have the opportunity to co-host a Private Honey Dinner at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham, NJ or another location of your choosing (subject to availability, other location fees may apply) with a private screening of the documentary film at Restaurant Serenade in Chatham, NJ.  World-renowned Executive Chef James Laird will incorporate honey into each and every course.  In addition, you and each of your guests will receive a copy of the menu autographed by Chef Laird, along with recipes for each of the dishes he prepares.

Job Swap Host – $50,000
Want to join our job swappers in the field? You can be one of the actual job swappers in the film and switch places with a beekeeper and/or a grower for a day. You’ll also get all the perks of a Silver Screening along with a cameo in the film and be listed as one of our Job Swap Hosts in the opening credits.

 

(*The “Bee Understanding project” is an incubated project of the Honey Bee Health Coalition, by Coalition members, Pollinator Stewardship Council, crop advisors, entomologists, farmers, and beekeepers with coordination by CollaborateUp. Our project is not to be confused with  BeeUnderstanding.org . We apologize for any confusion our project name may cause.)