Bayer Prepares to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Monday, June 18, 2012
Bee Health

June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week, and, as long-time supporters of bee health, we at Bayer believe it’s important to support pollinators.

National Pollinator Week was organized by the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the health, protection and conservation of all pollinating animals. The purpose of National Pollinator Week is to spread the word about the importance of pollinators to as many people as possible. Bayer has events planned to highlight the importance of pollinators to agriculture and in each of our lives. It is critical for the entire community to understand and appreciate pollinators as the vital natural resource they are.

Events this week include:

  • Pollinator Pledge
    • Bayer pledges to donate $1 to the Pollinator Partnership (up to donation amount of $10,000) for every person who registers to receive a free packet of seeds to plant in a home or community pollinator garden
  • Bee Health Fair at our Raleigh HQ
    • Demonstration and tasting of honey-inspired foods by local Chef Jenny Ingraham of Cary Dinner Fairy
    • A portable bee hive, including a frame of honey, allowing folks to get an up-close view of bees
  • Bees n’ Bites
    • Employees will learn about pollinators and honey bees while enjoying honey-inspired food from the Bayer cafeteria
    • Apiologist Dick Rogers will speak about Bayer’s new Bee Care Center and share his thoughts on how everyone can support pollinators
  • Pollinator Garden Program Launch
    • To educate the community on pollinators, we’re launching an initiative to plant pollinator gardens, also known as pollinator strips, across the country, with the first planted with wildflowers and bluestem with kids from Passage Home and the Mawat District Boy Scouts at our U.S. headquarters
Are you interested in planting your own pollinator garden? Be sure to visit our Pollinator Pledge site to request a free packet of wildflower seeds. Also, for every seed packet you order, Bayer will donate $1 to the Pollinator Partnership fund (up to donation amount of $10,000). You can also pay it forward, so don’t keep your free packet of seeds a secret! Let others know how they can join in the effort, too. Visit us on Twitter at @Bayer4CropsUS

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