Did you know that Indiana is host to over 430 species of bees? Due to loss of habitat and other factors, their population numbers are rapidly falling. But, one thing residents can do to help is to give them a place to live!

On Saturday, May 11, Southwest Honey Co. offered a Native Bee House Making Class for about 40 guests, which sold out in 5 days. The event was held in the main barn at Wood Farms, 11402 Indianapolis Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809, the region’s largest organic hay producer. You may have also tasted Wood Farms’ natural beef and pork at Bravas, Tolon, and more restaurants throughout the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.

Southwest Honey Co. provided all of the supplies guests need to assemble, customize and decorate their very own Bee House! Guests received a short interactive presentation about how they can help native pollinators at home. And then were lead through instructions on how to build their own native Bee House. They then customized the inside of their house with many organic options that bees will love, and added a shingle roof.

This Native Bee House Making Class was designed by Southwest Honey Co. volunteer educators, Megan Ryan and Mackenzie Kneller, who have a wealth of knowledge and a passion for pollinators. This event came complete with these experienced educators and knowledgeable volunteers to allow each guest to have an intimate, fun and enjoyable experience. Overall, the experience was designed to open the minds of adult students, bringing them outdoors and connecting them with the natural environment.

Proceeds go towards creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, promoting awareness of their population decline & educating the public on ways they can help. More information can be found online at or by visiting Southwest Honey Co.’s Facebook page.

Alex Cornwell

Alex Cornwell

The Owner & Publisher of The Waynedale News. Alex is a community leader and founder of various organizations, events & improvement initiatives in the area. He is also the recipient of 2019's Allen County Vandeveer Impact Award and 2012's University of Saint Francis' Distinguished Young Alumni Award. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer