Healthy Bee, Healthy Me

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program

Program Overview

The Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program is brought to you by Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with Durham County Cooperative Extension to promote pollinator habitat throughout Durham.

The goal of the program is to establish educational pollinator gardens in proximity to pre-existing community gardens to ensure the sustainability of nectar and pollen sources for our honey bees, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators throughout the year, and to increase the yield of the food crops grown within the community gardens. Interpretive signs installed at each garden and a “Healthy Bee, Healthy Me” Pollinator garden tour in the summer of 2017 will promote public awareness of pollinator conservation and the importance of pollinator services for agricultural health.

Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) currently seeks applications from community garden groups interested in installing a pollinator garden and interpretive signage near an existing community garden space. Preference will be given to well-managed community gardens that serve low income or underserved populations, with a focus on food and revenue generation.

Gardens selected to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program will receive pollinator plants, tool loaning, ongoing technical guidance and coaching, and interpretive signage.

This program is made possible in part with grants from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Triangle Community Foundation’s Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit Program.

Program Benefits:

  • Native pollinator-friendly plants (each garden will receive 38 plants representing 12 species that bloom throughout the year)
  • Mulch, soil, and compost for establishing a pollinator garden bed
  • Access to Keep Durham Beautiful’s tool lending program for garden installation
  • Hands-on educational training for garden design, installation, and maintenance best practices
  • Ongoing assistance from designated Durham County Master Gardener volunteers to answer garden design, care and maintenance questions
  • One interpretive sign related to the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program theme

Program Eligibility:

  • Applicants must represent a community garden located within Durham County, NC
  • Pollinator gardens must be established near the current community garden space
  • Preference will be given to well-managed community garden groups serving low income or underserved populations, with a focus on food and revenue generation
  • Competitive applicants must exhibit a clear commitment to long-term care and maintenance of the pollinator garden (watering, weeding, mulching).

If selected to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me pollinator garden program, your community garden group is expected to:

  • Send one or more representatives of the community garden to attend the training event on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the location will be provided at a later date.
  • Establish your pollinator gardens on or before April 8, 2017
  • Work with Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers to install the interpretive signs at your garden space in May and early June.
  • Participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me pollinator garden tour on Saturday, June 24, 2017 with a rain date of Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What size bed do I need for the pollinator garden?

As a participant in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me pollinator garden program, you will receive 38 plant plugs that will establish a 75-100 square foot garden space.

What tools are available from the Keep Durham Beautiful Tool Lending Library?

Wheel barrows, hard rakes, shovels, pitchforks, hand trowels, weeding tools, pruners, gloves, and a weed wrench are all available to borrow from the KDB Tool Lending Library. Please be sure to indicate in the application which items you would be interested in borrowing and the quantity desired for garden installation.

If selected, when will we receive the pollinator plants?

Pollinator plants will be distributed to the selected groups at the training event on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Please be prepared to pick up the plants this event and make any arrangements for proper storage and care if you will not be planting immediately upon receiving the plants.

What species of pollinator-friendly plants will we receive?

The species of pollinator plants each group receives will be dependent upon site soil conditions. Each group will receive 14 species of native plants that provide nectar and pollen sources for pollinators throughout the year.

How big is the interpretive sign and what does it say?

Participants will have the option to select one of two 24” x 18” educational signs developed by a local interpretive planner featuring content related to pollinator and human health. The signs will be engaging for all ages.

Program Timeline:

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Applications Due

January 31, 2017

Winners Announced

February 10, 2017

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Networking Garden Social

February 25, 2017

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Participant Training

March 18, 2017

Pollinator Garden Installation Deadline

April 8, 2017

Interpretive Signs Installed

May – June, 2017

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Tour

June 24, 2017

Raindate- June 25, 2017

 

How to Apply:

To apply to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Program, please fill out the attached application by Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5 PM EST:

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Application

Applications can be returned by email to Britt@keepdurhambeautiful.org with the subject line: “Healthy Bee Healthy Me Application” and the name of your community garden or by mail at:

Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc

2011 Fay Street

Durham, NC 27704

If your organization is chosen to participate in the pollinator garden program, we will be in touch with you about the next steps by Friday, February 10, 2017.