A Feed a Bee Road Trip to Atlanta’s Historic Piedmont Park
Monday, July 6, 2015
By Dr. Becky Langer
By now, you’re probably well aware of the exciting things we’re doing as part of the Feed a Bee
initiative, which launched in March with the goal of planting 50 million flowers and providing additional forage acreage to improve pollinator health. With the help of nearly 200,000 individuals like you, we’ve seen amazing success, exceeding our goals just months after launching. Now we’re turning to our partners across the nation to help us increase forage for bees even more! To date, we've partnered with nearly 50 different organizations
across the U.S, including the American Agri-Women
, the University of the District of Columbia
, Ernst Conservation Seeds
We most recently had the opportunity to work with the Piedmont Park Conservancy
, a group that focuses on the preservation of Piedmont Park, the most visited green space in the city. The Education Garden at Piedmont Park
teaches children and other volunteers all about growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, and the Conservancy is establishing an apiary nearby the garden.
Bayer CropScience worked with the Mary Yetter, the Conservancy coordinator, and the staff at Piedmont Park to install a special vending machine that dispenses complimentary plant seed balls. Visitors are then instructed to toss their seed balls into the green space it overlooks, dedicated to the future pollinator garden that will bloom and provide food for the bees in the apiary.
Last Tuesday, June 30, we hosted a special installation event for the vending machine. Guests included: Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black, Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness Bo Warren, Piedmont Park staff, and a dozen bright young students from Odyssey Atlanta
After a short question-and-answer session on honey bee health and the role we all can play to support these pollinators, the children officially inaugurated the vending machine by throwing the first seeds into the marsh area by the vending machine. These seeds will eventually bloom into beautiful wildflowers and provide forage for thousands of bees in the park.
The vending machine will be in the park throughout the summer and early fall, providing all Atlantans and park visitors with a fun, hands-on activity that will help raise awareness of the importance of honey bees and will help ensure bees and other pollinators thrive.
to learn more about how you can get involved and stay tuned for future, fun events and activities with some of our other partners – perhaps in your city!
The wildflower seed vending machine will be located in Piedmont Park all summer, offering complimentary plant seeds that will bloom and provide food for bees in the park’s apiary.
We shared fun facts about honey bees and the hard work they do pollinating crops and plants with the students. Did you know the average bee can visit up to 5,000 flowers a day?