The mission of Humbug Farms is to lift spirits through connection with nature.
After sharing a meaningful release of
dozens of Monarchs at our own wedding in 1999, we have wanted
to play a part in extending such an experience to more people.
So I began research and created Humbug Farms.
Humbug Farms is located in Santa Barbara, California and has been a member of the IBBA
(International Butterfly Breeder's Association) since 2000.
If we don't have enough butterflies to meet demand,
we can help you find butterflies from one of several other
reputable butterfly farms.
In 2001, I designed a line of Gift Jewelry to help benefit
the Monarch population. Proceeds went directly toward the Michoacan Reforestation Fund, a program that assists
communities of people who share the Mexican rainforest with
the migratory Monarch Butterflies. I am working on a new jewelry line that will continue this effort. Look for this
new line of jewelry in Fall 2008.
In 2003, we helped to raise public awareness and funds to save one the largest Monarch overwintering
sites in California. Known as the Ellwood Bluffs in Goleta, the land has been preserved and designated as
permanent public open space. The specific area where the Monarchs spend their winters is called the
Coronado Butterfly Preserve.
In 2006, we were inspired to create The High Spirits Fund, a program
that provides butterflies to children and teenagers who are grieving the loss
of a loved one.
Please peruse our website and call or write to us if you'd like more information.
~~Kelly Wilcox Travers, Owner/Dreamer
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