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    WillieeArmellini
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    SAF, AFE Join in ‘Million Pollinator Garden Challenge’

    Submitted by ssantiago@safnow.org on June 4, 2015
    in Industry News
    SAF and the American Floral Endowment (AFE) have joined the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a nationwide effort launched today, challenging the U.S. to reach the goal of 1 million new pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.

    SAF and the American Floral Endowment (AFE) have joined the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a nationwide effort launched today, challenging the U.S. to reach the goal of 1 million new pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.
    The Challenge is an effort of the National Pollinator Garden Network, with which SAF and AFE have partnered, and is part of the response to President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy. (For details, see the May 22 SAF Week in Review and the May 21 AFE press release.) First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to schoolchildren at a White House garden event today about the importance of pollinators.

    The National Pollinator Garden Network will work to provide resources for individuals, community groups, government agencies and the garden industry to create more pollinator habitats. Pollinator gardens provide a way to help pollinators, by offering food, water and habitat for honeybees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators — and the horticulture industry has a major role to play in providing plants for those gardens. Healthy and site-appropriate plants produced by professional growers of trees, plants and flowers provide the very things that pollinators need to thrive.

    President Obama’s National Pollinator Health Strategy has three major goals: Reduce honey bee colony losses, increase Monarch butterfly numbers, and restore public and private lands as pollinator habitat. These goals align well with the horticulture industry’s Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative, http://www.growwise.org, which will develop grower stewardship best practices for plant production, direct and leverage research to provide the sound science needed to underpin decision making, and look for opportunities to help improve and provide forage and habitat. To learn more about the industry’s Stewardship Initiative, go to http://www.endowment.org.

    The goal of the Network is to rally thousands of gardeners, horticulture professionals, schools and volunteers to help reach the million gardens goal. Any individual can contribute by planting for pollinators, in gardens ranging from window boxes to farm borders, golf courses, school gardens, and corporate and university campuses. Learn more about how to register your participation at http://www.millionpollinatorgardens.org.

    —Lin Schmale

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    WillieeArmellini
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    recently I had the pleasure of removing some honey bees that took up residence in the eve I one of our houses in the Keys. I say pleasure because I worked with a Bee keeper and learned how to manage a removal without destroying the hive. And most importantly the honey is just wonderful.

    This gave me a new appreciation for bees which up to that point were something to avoid. I only got stung 2x but it was worth it. I am thinking of starting my own hive.

    So this challenge is tempting

    WIlliee

    #11076

    farmgirl
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    And we have a local supplies manufacturer in town! Please visit my friends Gloria and Jorge at South Florida Bee Supplies.
    http://www.sflbeesupplies.com
    13275 SW 136 Street near Tamiami Airport
    305-254-5503

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