3rd Annual Monarch Festival

Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! There will be music, educational booths, food and fun for all ages.

The Sandy Creek Monarch Festival is a celebration of the fact that Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. The park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration.

For more information on the festival please visit the website – keepdurhambeautiful.org/monarchfestival

Durham Pollinator Garden Tour

"Pollenteers" of all ages are invited to come out and celebrate National Pollinator Week with us! Take a tour of Durham's finest pollinator gardens, engage in fun pollinator-related activities and learn why birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs alike are so vital to us! The Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program has 13 participating community gardens, stop into as many you like or all of them. Check out the event website for more info about tickets and volunteer opportunities: Durham Pollinator Garden Tour 

Urban Argricultural Workshop

Free breakfast and workshop on Pollinators & Native Species. We’ll be led by Chris Liloia, Habitat Gardens Curator at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, to explore the many native pollinator species planted around the Hub Farm and their importance to our space and our state. Following the workshop, attendees are welcome to stay and help plant native pollinator plants donated by local nurseries.

Email: lmarochak@dconc.gov to reserve your seat
RSVP deadline: Monday, March 13

*The workshop is free and breakfast will be provided for attendees that have RSVP’d.*

 

These trainings are made possible through funding received from the National Association of Conservation Districts and the Durham Farmland Protection Advisory Board.

Pollinators-a-Plenty

A Look at Hundreds of Pollinators Aiding Food & Flower Production in North Carolina

Presented by Chris Apple and assisted by Tracey-Lee Drummond Lucas, Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteers. 
Pollinators come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You might be surprised at how many different creatures are pollinating your garden. You will be introduced to the many pollinators that visit your garden. Learning about these amazing creatures will encourage you to plan your garden to help them thrive.
Free/ Registration required.

RSVP HERE or you can also call the Information Desk at South Regional Library to register. 919-560-7410

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Networking Social

Established Pollinator Garden Grant recipients and newly awarded Pollinator Garden Grant recipients are invited to come mix and mingle! Here we will learn about each others community gardens and how best to care for your already or soon to be installed pollinator gardens! 

Deadline for Pollinator Garden Grant Applications

Today is the last day to submit an application for the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden. Make sure to have all completed applications submitted. 

Keep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants

Keep Durham Beautiful
News Release
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2017
 
Keep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants
Durham-based community gardens are invited to apply for the “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program
 
Durham, NC – (January 6, 2017) – Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) currently seeks applications from community gardens interested in installing a pollinator garden and interpretive signage near an existing community garden space. Four Durham-based community gardens will be selected to participate in the 2017 “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program.
 
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 City and County. The program is made possible in part by grants from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Triangle Community Foundation’s Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit Program.
 
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.
 
Gardens selected to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program will receive pollinator plants, tool loaning, technical guidance, and interpretive signage. Preference will be given to well-managed community gardens that serve low income or underserved populations, with a focus on food and revenue generation.
 
Our goal at Keep Durham Beautiful is to create more vibrant and beautiful spaces, where our residents are engaged to be good stewards of their community environment.

Providing bees and other pollinators with plenty of food sources throughout the year ensures the sustainability of their populations and increases the health and yield of the food crops grown nearby. Establishing pollinator gardens is one of the many ways that KDB promotes community greening and beautification.

For more information or to download the application visit: http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/programs/healthybeehealthyme or contact Keep Durham Beautiful at 919-560-4197.
 
About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, Flickr, and Twitter.

East Durham Children Help Pollinators while Learning about Food Production

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Keep Durham Beautiful AmeriCorps Member, Monica Ospina, teaching 3rd graders at Spring Valley Elementary School about the important role pollinators play in our food production.

This fall, Keep Durham Beautiful partnered with East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) to educate East Durham 4th and 5th graders about the importance of pollinators. These young students are enrolled in the East Durham Youth Health Leadership Council (YLC) Program.

The purpose of EDCI’s Youth Health Leadership Council Program is to inspire, educate, and empower youth to become advocates for health and wellness within their community. The program provides training and leadership development opportunities for East Durham children. The training that is provided for the youth empowers them to lead the design and implementation of a community-based health intervention project, with the following core topics: leadership development, nutrition and healthy eating, health disparities, and physical activity.

One topic that interested EDCI was the connection between pollinators and food. At Keep Durham Beautiful, we found this to be an excellent opportunity to educate these young leaders about the relationship between pollinators and our current food system. Pollinators help plants to reproduce by carrying pollen from one plant to the other. It’s crucial to understand the process of how a berry becomes a berry (just to name a beloved fruit) and the key role pollinators play in that process.Experts calculate that pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 mouthfuls of drink or food that Americans consume.
The children learned that populations of pollinators, in particular bees, have been in decline in recent years due to pesticide use and habitat loss. However, as gloomy as that may be, we wanted to remind the kids that they play a vital role in helping to protect our pollen-loving friends! The youngsters learned that they can help raise awareness, advocate for pollinator-friendly gardens and habitat preservation, and decrease our use of pesticides.

To make the lesson hands-on, we planted pollinator-friendly seeds in Sub Irrigated Planters (SIP’s) also known as “self-watering plants.” The SIP’s were created with recycled 16 oz. water bottles that were collected from the City of Durham’s General Services Department. We also gave the kids extra pollinator friendly seeds, so that they can plant more at home. They were excited to help plant the seeds and advocate for pollinators.

Once the kids finish all of their training they will design and implement a project of their choice, if they decide to plant a pollinator garden in their school or community, Keep Durham Beautiful will be excited to guide them through the process.

More information on how to create your own SIP: http://www.brooklynseedcompany.com/how-to-make-a-plastic-bottle-sip/

Food Day and Pollinators

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We support Food Day held on October 24th because it helps to raise awareness on our current food system and promotes healthier diets. When I think of a healthy diet, I think of scrumptious vegetables and sweet juicy fruits along with sustainable farming practices. Sustainable farming practices take into account environmental preservation and limit the use of pesticides, which pollute the environment and are responsible for the decline in pollinator populations.

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Pollinators play an integral role in our food system and we can thank them because they help provide 1 out of 3 bites of food we consume each day. In the US more than 150 crops are dependent on pollinators; this includes most fruits and grain crops.

Flowers have evolved an ingenious way to reproduce by attracting pollinators to carry their pollen. Pollinators are attracted to flowers due to their scent, vivid colors, or their sweet nectar. Once the pollinator lands on one flower it gets covered in pollen and then carries it to the next flower to pollinate it. After the flower has been pollinated fruits containing seeds are formed, these fruits will be picked by farmers and end up in our markets where you and I will enjoy them.

So, on Food Day, let’s eat healthier and support sustainable practices in our food system, for pollinators’ sake!

 

To learn more about pollinators:

http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/programs/healthybeehealthyme/

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CANCELLED- 2nd Annual Monarch Festival

We are sad to announce that the 2nd Annual Monarch Festival is cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Please save the date for next year’s festival: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! There will be music, educational booths, food and fun for all ages.

The Sandy Creek Monarch Festival is a celebration of the fact that Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate to Mexico. The park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration. 

For more information on the festival please visit the website – keepdurhambeautiful.org/monarchfestival