National Prize Winning Bee Aware Science Team to Speak at Alternatives to Pesticides Workshop in Asheville on March 27
Home to the Clarkson (and now the state's) honey festival for the past twenty years, as well as to a leading national and international beekeeping supplier--Kelley Beekeeping Company, for the past fifty years, Clarkson's city commission enthusiastically voted to accept the responsibilities of being a certified Bee City USA on March 9.
We look forward to what Clarkson's leaders and citizens will do next to improve pollinator habitat and raise awareness about the importance of pollinators.
Community members who organized Ashland to apply for Bee City USA designation--(from left) Ellen Wright, Kristina LeFever, Karen Potts, Laura Bee Ferguson, Cara Cruikshank--wasted no time in getting their sign. That's one Bee City USA requirement. Two others are having a standing committee to address pollinator issues and posting the city's pollinator activities on a webpage. Ashland quickly took care of those requirements as well using the webpage to invite Ashland's citizens to voice their ideas for helping pollinators to the committee and to get involved in celebrating National Pollinator Week in June.
Check out this excellent article in the Asheville Daily Tidings by Tony Boom.
Welcome Ashland! On December 16, Ashland City Administrator Dave Kanner explained to City Council the requirements of applying for Bee City USA designation. You can watch the discussion here by scrolling over (to 162) toward the end of the meeting: http://vp.telvue.com/player?chapter=69091&id=T01550.
The Parks & Recreation Commission is the committee designated to address Bee City USA issues. At the meeting, they announced their first initiative would be planting the city's newest park, Ashland Creek Park, with pollinator-friendly plants.
Several Council members praised the Pollinator Project of the Rogue Valley for the polite and positive way in which they had educated the community and requested consideration of becoming a champion for pollinators.
Receiving Ashland's signed resolution and application on January 13 completed the process and allowed Bee City USA to officially certify Ashland.
The Ashland Daily Tidings published a story about the Oregon Honey Festival that occurred on November 15. Author John Darling interviewed Kristina LeFever of the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley who was sharing information about organic pesticides and Ashland City Council's upcoming vote on Bee City USA in December.
UNC student Kristin Ruffin produced a nice story at weeklyzeal.com and Carolina Week about why Carrboro feels its important for cities to champion pollinators. Adlerman Bethany Chaney is encouraging volunteers to adopt pollinator gardens throughout the town.
According to Carrboro gardener and artist Dale Morgan, "When you landscape your yard, you want it to look beautiful and colorful. You want it to thrive. So when you plant pollinator plants, it’s just so much more beautiful. When you have those pollinators in there to actually help those plants thrive, they’re healthier plants. Your garden does better.”
Read the entire article from the blog published in The Carrboro Commons.
Liz is a staff writer for the Carrboro Commons. She is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Chapel Hill News reported on Carrboro's decision to become an advocate for pollinators on November 4.
A reader commented, "I like this, expanding the definition of who is a citizen of that town ..." So do we.
A Carrboro resident, writer Sami Grover published a Treehugger blog on October 20 that ended with this statement: "...while I might be tempted, at first, to question the value of 'prominent signage' to the health of bees. In actuality, however, this might be one of the most important aspects of becoming a Bee City. By encouraging the community to self-identify as leaders in bee protection, it leverages civic pride, marketing and a generous dose of peer pressure to encourage everyone to do their part, both for bees and for the local community."
Sami Grover is a writer, and Creative Director at The Change Creation, a brand creation agency that works with entities who make the world better, fairer or truer. Clients include Larry’s Beans, Burt's Bees, Canaan Fair Trade and Jada Pinkett Smith/Overbrook Entertainment.
Thanks to Mr. Grover for helping us explain the rationale behind the five standards of being a Bee City USA community.
Only one day after the Board of Alderman resolved to accept the responsibilities of being a Bee City USA community, the leaders of the efforts, Carrboro Environmental Planner, Randy Dodd, and owner of Just Bee Apiary, Marty Hanks, are already planning for ways to encourage buying and selling native plants at the Farmers' Market. Read the story here.
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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