Pollinators and the food we eat

I wrote and published this post for the GROBigRed blog on 6/21/17.  Check out that blog for great gardening information from all of my Nebraska Extension colleagues in Omaha. Pollinators and the food we eat – GRO Big Red It has been well-established and well-discussed that pollinators are responsible for the production (and reproduction) of about 35 percent of the crops that we grow for … Continue reading Pollinators and the food we eat

Teaching kids about the birds and bees (and butterflies, etc)

This spring I’ve been teaching kids the importance of pollinators at various educational events. Last week at our Kanawha County 4-H camp, my students constructed a model flower and discussed pollination and pollinators (pictured). It has been interesting to see how these youngsters take in the information and even change their minds. Continue reading Teaching kids about the birds and bees (and butterflies, etc)

National Pollinator Week: Pretty pollinators provide beauty and service

Joyce Baker has a hobby you may not have ever considered. Every fall, she raises, tags and releases a few dozen monarch butterflies at her Charleston home. It is a fascinating, not to mention exciting, idea. She talked about her hobby with my Master Gardeners this past week at our annual picnic. I thought that the talk was serendipitous as this coming week is National … Continue reading National Pollinator Week: Pretty pollinators provide beauty and service