|The SEED School, Washington, D.C.|
Encouragingly, urban beekeeping is gaining in popularity, especially in Washington, D.C., with even the White House cultivating its own colonies. Honey bees thrive in pollinator patches, which offer bees blooming opportunities and a variety of flowers to support different bee species, increasing pollinator diversity. In partnership with The SEED School, the University of the District of Columbia Master Gardener Program will celebrate planting a pollinator garden as part of the Bayer Bee Care Program.
“Pollinator forage is essential to the health of honey bees,” explained Sandra Farber, coordinator of the University of the District of Columbia Master Gardener Program. “We are delighted to partner with Bayer CropScience and come together with students and industry stakeholders to design and plant a garden to support pollinator health.”
The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in topics such as plant pathology, entomology, urban soils, plant propagation, and pruning clinics. In return, participants dedicate volunteer time to teach horticultural information, answer questions, speak at public events and participate in community gardening programs. Nationally, Master Gardeners volunteered more than five million hours in 2012. In 2013, 226 active Master Gardeners gave a total of 9,000 hours valued at $348,210. Currently, there are a total of 226 active Master Gardeners in the District of Columbia.
Beekeeping was legalized in D.C. under the Urban Agriculture Apiculture Act of 2012 and is regulated by the District Department of the Environment. UDC offers beekeeping courses in partnership in with The DC Beekeepers Alliance and the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Education Consortium.
The Bayer CropScience Pollinator Garden Planting was held Thursday, June 19, at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C., is located at 4300 C Street, SE. More information on the Bayer Bee Care program is available here.
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