Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators – Ian Tait
What an entertaining presentation on the “Feed the Bees” initiative!  Ian is not only passionate about his subject, but loves to add hilarious quips to keep the audience on its toes! His stated purpose is to help people gain the knowledge and tools to help bees. 

“Feed the Bees” is a dynamic partnership between the Earthwise Society and the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Both organizations are based in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.  Established in 2008, the goal of the Feed the Bees campaign is to encourage individuals, businesses, organizations and governments to support a healthy and sustainable bee population, and plant gardens to feed pollinators and encourage biodiversity in our community.  (quoted from www.feedthebees.org)

The “Feed the Bees” initiative came out of the community of Delta recognizing that there was an agricultural problem stemming from reduced bee populations. Most fruits and many vegetables rely on these pollinators.  Delta enlisted the aid of the Earthwise Society to study the problem and obtain useful data to alleviate it.

Feed the Bees is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses, organizations and governments to support a healthy and sustainable bee population, and plant gardens to feed pollinators and encourage biodiversity in communities everywhere.

Ian’s advice to the Garden Club was to think in terms of choosing “bee friendly” plants to grow, with flowering times all the way from March to October. Don’t forget those native plants, including dandelions! We got a variety of suggestions here.

There are lots of links to follow up on, with great information!

www.feedthebees.org

www.feedthebees.org/resources

www.facebook.com/feedthebees

www.instagram.com/feed_the_bees/

www.twitter.com/FeedTheBees

Check out some other links as well!

https://www.pollinator.org/guides

https://www.pollinator.org/pollinator.org/assets/generalFiles/LowerMainland-2017.pdf

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/animals-and-crops/animal-production/bees/food-for-bees/bee-forage-plants

https://www.greatplantpicks.org/plantlists/birds_and_bees/bees

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Ian Tait (speaker bio. by Melanie G.)

Ian Tait, is Chairman of Earthwise Society and Co-Chair of Feed the Bees. 

The Earthwise Farms put the community in touch with food, where it comes from, how it grows, the ecological costs of getting it to our tables, and the importance of sustainable growing practices. 

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