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Would you help someone save their life?

Published by Jollean Smith in Giving Back · 6/2/2020 09:16:10
Tags: SaveLifeKidneyDonorCalgaryALbertaCanada
This is Vaidee from Calgary, Alberta Canada. One of the behind the scenes, nice guys.

You know, the type who volunteers at the airport to give directions to lost travellers? The guy who smiles at you and says “have a great day” as you rush past trying to catch your flight.

That’s Vaidee.

One could almost say he is an average fellow. But he is not average at all.

In 2015 he almost died after a surgery. He had to have a blood transfusion. He developed cancer in one of kidneys which led to one being removed and now he relies on dialysis 3 times a week.

To complete the dialysis Vaidee had to leave his job.

He has been on a waiting list for a kidney donor for 6 years.

Despite his challenges Vaidee is still, the nice guy.
He continues to volunteer at the YMCA.
He volunteers at the Calgary Airport helping those poor lost and frazzled travelers.
He volunteers for a local Elementary school to help with fundraising.

What Vaidee is hopeful for is a chance to be with his friends and family for as long as possible. He wants to continue to support the Calgary community as a valuable volunteer, giving back to the community and those poor frazzled travellers. And he most definitely wants to spend time with his two kids and his sweet grandkids.

So, would you help someone save their life?

If yes, here is what you can do?
1. Get tested to see if you could be a viable donor for Vaidee. Call 587-664-HELP (4357)
2. Share his story.

A simple share is so incredibly powerful as it just might reach that one person that can save his life.

Please help a nice guy. Share Vaidee’s message and consider becoming a donor.

Be friendly. Be kind. Thanks for being here.

Note from the author:
Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm believes in giving back. Kindness is absolutely a part of our design so we will try and help share stories of good people like Vaidee's who need help where possible. This message is a collaboration with friends in Calgary, Alberta. Vaidee's story has been shared with us and efforts have been made to ensure accuracy in details. To the best of our knowledge all information is accurate.

This blog contains Google Advertisements. They are set up automatically by Google to run on any blog post we write and unfortunetly cannot be deactivated for some posts. It is not our intent to financially benefit from Vaidee's story. If it helps, note that it is only a few pennies and to date we have not reached anywhere near the amount Google requires in order to actually get paid. In addition each year Smith's "Nature Friendly" Farm selects 3 charities to donate to. Every dollar earned will generate .10 cents to a pool to support our charities. To learn more visit Garden Giving.

Medicinal plants for Bees

Published by Jollean Smith in Bees · 4/6/2019 14:13:30
Tags: BeesSaveMedicinalPlantsFlowers

Just like humans, bees need nutritious plants. That tropical plant from Asia may look stunning on your patio and may even be visited by a bee, but it may not be providing the bees the nutrition they need to fight off disease.

First, it’s important to understand that there are many things making life for bees very difficult.

Pesticides - Makes them weak and/or kills them.
Disease - Makes them weak and/or kills them.
Loss of native habitat - The bees need proper food and nutrition to be strong enough to fight off 1 and 2, loss of habitat means less natural plants.

For example, a honey bee colony does not usually get wiped out in one fell swoop. In fact, it is slowly killed off by a process of slow weakening.

Let's take a look at the slow weakening:
1. A healthy bee colony can become more weakened from chemicals, poor nutrition, cold snaps and parasites.
2. When a be becomes sick it will fly off away from the hive to protect the hive.
3. If a large number of bee’s are sick and fly away, natural hive maintenance behaviours cannot continue.
4. When a hive loses bees, it becomes a vicious cycle. There are less bees to complete the tasks that keep the remaining bees healthy, such as cool the hive or provide food for young bees.

Eventually, the colony will die.

This is even harder on native bees. These bese don’t always operate in large colonies. They may just have one bee or a few bees and not 50,000 bees like the honey bee. They will face all the same impacts, but with significantly less bees to sacrifice per se. There is much less of a chance for recovery which is why native bees are endangered.

How can you help?
1. Add more native plants to your garden. Let those native flowers that show up in your yard, grow! Or research native plants from a reputable source
2. For love of bees stop using pesticides. Fight against your community associations who do mass spraying of pesticides for things like mosquitoes. These are weakening your bees. Back away from the Round Up or whatever new fancy name they come up with for weed killers.
3. Plant medicinal flowers. Bees need flowers that help them fight disease. If they are weakened by a parasite research shows that bees will go to certain plants that help them fight it. See a list of a few below.
4. Be super careful with your big box store plants. Although there is increasing pressure on greenhouses and retailers to provide plants free of chemicals, it is still out there. So many of those pretty plants are grown with chemicals such as neonics which impact a bees immune system. I am still trying to get a straight answer from Proven Winners on if their seeds are neonics free. They keep skirting around a direct yes or no. Ideally, get your plants from a native plant store who specializes in chemical free flowers. You can also grow your own from chemical free seed (check your seed supplier carefully) or practice cultivating flowers that grow naturally. If the greenhouse cannot assure you that their plants did not originate from chemical free seeds, walk away.

Here are a couple of plants that offer medicinal benefits to bees:

Home: Native to North America.
Plant needs: Full sun and moist soil.
Medicinal value: Offers bees iridoid glycosides which is important in helping bumblees fight off parasites.
Buy seeds: Prairie Moon Nursery, Joyful Butterfly and Swallowtail Seeds.


Home: Native to North America.
Plant needs: Likes full sun and tolerates many different soils.
Medicinal value: Offers bumble bees help with reducing pathogens.
Buy seeds: Seed Needs, Swallowtail Seeds and Bakers Creek Seeds.

Purple Giant Hyssop
Home: Native to North America.
Plant needs: Likes full sun and tolerates many different soils. I find it drought tolerant.
Medicinal value: Relief from parasitic infections.
Buy seeds: Prairie Moon Nursery, Select Seeds and Everwilde Farms.

Common Yarrow
Home: Native to North America.
Plant needs: Likes full sun and tolerates many different soils.
Medicinal value: Relief from parasitic infections.
Buy seeds: Bakers Creek Seeds, Swallowtail Seeds and American Meadows.

For a longer list of flowers and further information please read an excellent article written by Becca Redomski-Bush. Some information in my blog today was learned from her facinating page.

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