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Falkor Ranch: Elizabeth, CO

June 10th, 2017

Drought tolerant plants for pollinators.

Elizabeth, Colorado is a dry and windy area of the state. BBB Seed adventured south to teach master gardeners about various drought tolerant species they can grow to provide clean forage for our pollinators. Diane Cribley of Falkor Ranch guided guests through Alpaca grassing land, toured the bee yard and ended in her greenhouse for a taste of Borage flowers.

http://www.falkorranch.com/

Shelton Elementary School: Golden, CO

May 9th and 10th, 2017

Native bee lesson and building a bee house for community garden

Sixth-grade students reviewed the basics of pollination and the essential role of pollinators in our agricultural system. After learning about the six main groups of pollinators, students were introduced to Colorado’s native bees, their life cycle and habitat needs. Did you know Colorado is home to 950 species of native bees? Students ended the lesson by collectively building a bee house made from a scrap piece of wood and hollow twigs. The final bee house will be placed in their community garden.

McGuckin’s Hardware: Boulder, CO

April 22nd, 2017: Earth Day Event

Free seed ball event celebrating Earth day!

Nick’s Garden Center & Farm Market: Aurora, CO

April 15th, 2017

Plants and Pollinators Presentation

Native pollinators control the healthy function of our ecosystems. The documented decline of native pollinators has been gaining support across the country. This decline resulting from the fragmentation and destruction of native habitats has reduced the food sources for many native pollinators. The traditional corridors of nectar- and pollen-rich plant sources have been destroyed by development and changes in land use. Now is the time to provide your pollinators with rich habitat and clean forage.

This one-hour presentation guided attendees through the process of creating a pollinator garden and provided them with pollinator plant recommendations. Topics included: Who are the pollinators? The current state of decline, how to create habitat and what plants attract visitors to your garden.

http://www.nicksgardencenter.com/

Phelan Gardens: Colorado Springs, CO

April 8th, 2017

Plants and Pollinators Presentation

Native pollinators control the healthy function of our ecosystems. The documented decline of native pollinators has been gaining support across the country. This decline resulting from the fragmentation and destruction of native habitats has reduced the food sources for many native pollinators. The traditional corridors of nectar- and pollen-rich plant sources have been destroyed by development and changes in land use. Now is the time to provide your pollinators with rich habitat and clean forage.

This one-hour presentation guided attendees through the process of creating a pollinator garden and provided them with pollinator plant recommendations. Topics included: Who are the pollinators? The current state of decline, how to create habitat and what plants attract visitors to your garden.

http://phelangardens.com/

Steele Elementary: Denver, CO

April 6th, 2017

Native Bee Lesson.

First-grade students reviewed the basics of pollination and the essential role of pollinators in our agricultural system. After learning about the six main groups of pollinators, students were introduced to Colorado’s native bees, their life cycle and habitat needs. Did you know Colorado is home to 950 species of native bees? Students ended the lesson by creating a bee house to take home and place in their yard.

Seed to Table Event @ The Jewish Community Center: Boulder, CO

March 19th, 2017

Seed to Classroom: Gardening Education for Your Jewish Community

“Having a garden at your Jewish institution is wonderful! It’s even better when your entire community is engaged with it through community programs. In this workshop: Experience intergenerational lesson plans that integrate gardening and Jewish content. Share and receive curricula, resources, best practices and tips from experienced educators in our community. Open to all and especially appropriate for individuals and educators who are excited about bringing the garden “in” to the classroom.”

https://www.seedtotablecolorado.org/#home-1

Front Range Organic Garden Club: Denver, CO

March 28th, 2017

What’s new in 2017? Presented by Engrid Winslow

http://www.gardenfrog.org/

Peiffer Elementary School Family Science Night: Littleton, CO

February 23rd, 2017

Vegetable seed identification and seed starting demos

Pine Lane Nursery: Parker, CO

February 22nd, 2017

Nursery staff learned about BBB Seed’s mission, products and our love for pollinators. Community cultivator, Greta Dupuis, used her insect collection to teach staff about what makes a great pollinator.

http://www.pinelanenursery.com/

Left Hand Brewery: Longmont, CO

January 26th, 2017

Meet your Pollinators

As BBB Seed heads into the 2nd year of the Plant for Pollinators Project, local breweries join the movement to support our pollinators! To show their support, Left Hand Brewing will be planting a pollinator garden at their facility in Longmont, CO.

In preparation of planting a pollinator garden Community Cultivator, Greta Dupuis, presented to staff members about the importance of our pollinators. Staff learned about eight different species of pollinators and how to create a pollinator garden. Individuals were filled with questions about how pollinators are being covered in the media and what steps they can take to support local pollinator species.

The Plant for Pollinators Project not only focuses on creating habitat for pollinators but is also incorporating an educational component to inform the public about the state of our pollinators. Support your pollinators through education and clean healthy forage!

Bug-a-boo Event at Butterfly Pavilion: Westminster, CO

October 16th, 2016

Halloween extravaganza. Trick-or-Treating, Costume Parade, Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating, Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists and more! BBB Seed handed out pumpkin seed packets for children to take home and grow their pumpkin patch. A great treat alternative!

https://www.butterflies.org/event/bug-a-boo/?instance_id=239

Americas Latino Eco Festival: Denver, CO

October 15th, 2016

“The Americas Latino Eco Festival – a non-profit event free and open to all – is a Latino hosted multicultural event elevating, in particular, the voices of communities of color and of women in conservation and cultural leadership, fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles, and using arte y cultura to message environmental awareness and shared values.”

http://www.americaslatinoecofestival.org/

Eisenhower Elementary Garden Festival and Bake Sale: Boulder, CO

October 14th, 2017

Tabling event to support the Eisenhower Elementary community garden. Families were able to take home up to three vegetable seed packets, free of charge. Eisenhower Elementary uses their community garden space as a teaching tool, giving students a hands-on experience growing their own food.

Pollinator Appreciation Month Festival: Boulder, CO

September 24th, 2016

“Pollinators provide essential services and environmental benefits that maintain the health and beauty of our grasslands, forests, meadows, and other natural areas. Pollinators are declining, placing our food security and natural environment in peril. September is Boulder’s Pollinator Appreciation Month to encourage our community to celebrate our pollinators and take action to protect them.”

At the BBB Seed tent, we hosted a make your own bee antenna activity. Families were buzzing away!

https://bouldercolorado.gov/planning/pollinator-appreciation-month?utm_source=godaddy&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=beeboulder.org

 


Gold Hill Elementary: Gold Hill, CO

September 22nd, 2016

Native bee lesson

In preparation for the Bee Boulder Family Festival, community outreach manager Greta Dupuis visited Gold Hill Elementary School to teach about native bees. Children learned about the difference between native bees and the honey bee and shared their stories about pollinators. To get started on making a positive impact on our native bee population, students built their very own bee houses to hang in their yard. Each student received seed bombs, filled with wildflower seed, to provide clean forage surrounding their bee house. It’s inspiring to see how young students are eager to help their pollinators!


Left Hand BrewingMalt Room Left Hand Brewing

As BBB Seed heads into the 2nd year of the Plant for Pollinators Project, local breweries join the movement to support our pollinators! To show their support, Left Hand Brewing will be planting a pollinator garden at their facility in Longmont, CO.

In preparation of planting a pollinator garden Community Cultivator, Greta Dupuis, presented to staff members about the importance of our pollinators. Staff learned about eight different species of pollinators and how to create a pollinator garden. Individuals were filled with questions about how pollinators are being covered in the media and what steps they can take to support local pollinator species.

The Plant for Pollinators Project not only focuses on creating habitat for pollinators but is also incorporating an educational component to inform the public about the state of our pollinators. Support your pollinators through education and clean healthy forage!

Contact Greta Dupuis for more information about organizing a Pollinator Education Event. Community@bbbseed.com

National Pollinator Week Farmers Market Outreach

June 25, 2016

National Pollinator Week, put on by Pollinator Partnership, is always a reason to celebrate our flower-loving creatures!  If you’re at this site, you know how important pollinators are- with their tireless work and amazing habit of increasing biodiversity to landscapes.  To help spread the word, we were invited to the Longmont Farmers Market as a guest vendor.  It was hands-down one of our most successful outreach efforts!  Hundreds of people flocked to learn more about wildflower seeds and planting their own pollinator gardens.  As kids whacked a bee pinata open and little packets of seeds rained down, we knew we had made a great impact on the Longmont community that day.

Planting for Pollinators at Eisenhower Elementary

Plant For Pollinators at Eisenhower Elementary

Planting for Pollinators at Eisenhower Elementary

Eisenhower Elementary Plants For Pollinators

On Friday, April 29th, 2016, our community outreach specialist Caitlin Thomas spent the day teaching the 1st grade class of Eisenhower Elementary all about native bees! Garden coordinator Clare Brandt and teachers rallied the children for native bee story time, giving each child a chance to listen, learn, and contribute their own unique bee stories. Amazingly, most children knew lots of information about bees and could list examples of native bees they had seen in the wild and at their own houses. After the talk, each class drew informative native bee cards and went to the garden to throw BBB Seed balls to create clean forage for pollinators.

Gold Hill Elementary Garden Planting

April 13, 2016

Although Gold Hill Elementary resides at 8,300 ft, they were extremely eager to start an educational vegetable and pollinator garden underway with the help of BBB Seed.  Ultimately, they plan to build a hoop house in the summer of 2016 to house these vegetables so their growing season can be extended in the snowy and windy climate.  The kids and teachers at Gold Hill are truly special, in that they keep bees and use experiential learning as their main teaching-style.  Artwork, costumes, play props, and aquariums are just some of the joys a visitor will see upon visiting, and now a beautiful garden has been added for food & pollinator studies!

Mom and daughter planting vegetables at a school garden.

Mesa Elementary Clean Up Day

April 5, 2016
Boulder, CO

On April 5th, BBB Seed teamed up with Jessica Goldstrohm (Founder of The Bees Waggle) to re-vamp Mesa Elementary’s school garden.  The school had once been a participant in another intensive program and needed a bit of encouragement to get it going once again.  BBB Seed’s Caitlin Thomas provided vegetable and wildflower seeds to plant directly into the soil and Jessica educated about native bees and their habitats.  Slowly but surely we’ll keep re-establishing school gardens so our future generations can learn about one of life’s oldest occupations and past-times.