If you like to eat, you will be interested in ways to support the local food system. And, if you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly activity that impacts the local environment, bees and pollinators are a sure-fire way to get started.
Several farms, nonprofit organizations and business partners have collaborated to launch a Pollinator Pathway project in the Sammamish Valley. Learn more about “BEEvesting in our Community,” Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m., at the Grange Hall in Woodinville as the on-going series of free education programs presented by the Sammamish Valley Grange continues.
A Pollinator Pathway connects green spaces in a specific corridor including backyard gardens, farms, planting strips, pea-patches, etc., along a designated pathway. These pathways host plants that bees and butterflies and other pollinators visit. It’s a model used in both urban and rural settings to support the foundation of local food systems. The local project, “BEEvesting in our Community,” was originated by several partners including Sammamish Valley Grange, Sammamish Valley Alliance (SVA), 21 Acres and Coastal Community Bank. Working in collaboration, these partners were looking for an opportunity to bring residents, farmers and businesses together encouraging everyone to further understandings of local environmental issues, food systems and climate challenges.
An easy first step is acknowledging and learning about the importance of bees in food production. The “BEEvesting” project, has short-term and long-term goals beginning this spring with the placement of mason bees on several farms and properties in the Sammamish Valley. Why mason bees? Mason bees are native and provide important pollination services for trees, plants and vegetables. Although they don’t produce honey, the fact that they’re native means that they are well adapted to our environment and are key to many plants, including most of the foods that we eat, being able to survive.