GROWMARK offers pollinator garden program

Honeybees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem.
EDITED BY ANNE BLANKENBILLER
Honeybee pollinator

The GROWMARK System, an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, is looking to help sustain and increase honeybee populations through its pollinator garden program.

Honeybees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat and more.

This program is open to 4-H clubs, Ag in the Classroom groups and FFA chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Groups who previously participated in the program have been automatically re-enrolled.

Organizations are asked to locate a public place and secure permission to plant a pollinator garden prior to filling out an application. This could be in a park, near a school, along a well-traveled road, at the county fairgrounds or any visible location. GROWMARK will provide enough seed to plant approximately a 700 square foot area, as well as educational signage to be placed around the garden.

“Nearly 200 youth organizations have been part of the program since 2016,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist. “Growing the number of pollinator gardens this year will help provide even more habitat for bees and other beneficial pollinator species.”

Clubs wishing to participate should fill out the online application by March 12, 2021: http://bit.ly/2021GMKPollinator

Questions may be directed to Karen Jones, kjones@growmark.com or 309.557.6184.

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