Seeds in San Antonio: Feed a Bee Planting Event

Thursday, March 16, 2017
By: Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer North American Bee Care Program, Project Manager
Feed a Bee Garden

As part of our events leading up to AgVocacy Forum and Commodity Classic, the Feed a Bee initiative partnered with the Bexar County 4-H program at the end of last month to establish a pollinator patch in the Giving Garden at St. John Berchmans Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas.

St. John Berchmans Catholic School in San Antonio, Texas 

We started out the day by hearing from representatives from Bayer, the San Antonio city council and the National 4-H Council including:

  • Shirley Gonzales, San Antonio City Councilwoman, District 5
  • Carolyn Fernandez, Director of Development, National 4-H Council
  • Dr. Melinda Garcia, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Board Certified Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

the San Antonio city council and the National 4-H Council 

Bayer’s Bee Care Program also presented the Texas 4-H Foundation with a $10,000 donation to support future foraging initiatives throughout Bexar County.


Bayer’s Bee Care Program also presented the Texas 4-H Foundation with a $10,000 donation 

We had the privilege of leading more than 60 students, varying from grades 2-8, through several exciting, hands-on education sessions covering topics ranging from beekeeping and farming in Texas to a honey tasting bar, to the anatomy and migration patterns of monarch butterflies.


hands-on education sessions covering topics ranging from beekeeping and farming in Texas to a honey tasting bar 

Following the sessions, Bayer’s Darren Wallis introduced the next portion of the program.


Bayer’s Darren Wallis introduced the next portion of the program. 

Students also watched a blessing of the ground from representatives of a local Native American tribe, Southern Winds.


Students watched a blessing of the ground 

We broke ground on the school’s newest pollinator forage plot by planting various plants and hand-scattering wildflower seeds in the Giving Garden.


planting various plants and hand-scattering wildflower seeds in the Giving Garden 

To close out the event, we all sat together and had a nice lunch to celebrate a job well done.


a nice lunch to celebrate a job well done 

San Antonio is just one stop of many in our new Feed a Bee initiative to reach all 50 states by the end of 2018, and we look forward to distributing more funds for forage initiatives across the nation with the goal of establishing more diverse, nutritious forage for pollinators.

For more information on Bayer’s Feed a Bee initiative, please visit: http://feedabee.com/. You can also follow and share with us on Twitter @BayerBeeCare, on Facebook at facebook.com/BayerBeeCareCenter .  In addition, if you joined us on the day of the planting, please share your photos using #FeedABee.


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