Bee Cities and Bee Schools
Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh
Welcome back to the Green Scene! In this issue we are going to discuss pollinators and what our community is already doing to support them. Did you know that the City of Kawartha Lakes is a Bee City? Our school, Langton P.S. became a Bee School this year through the hard work of our Green Team. You might be wondering what it means to be a Bee City or Bee School.
Bee City Canada’s mission is to “inspire cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators.” The City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City team is working on an exciting project that is aiming to turn part of the landfill in Fenelon Falls that is not being used any more into a pollinator habitat. Isn’t that amazing?!
At Langton P.S. we built 6 raised bed gardens, one is a pollinator garden. We also made and then threw seed balls with native plants into the field beside our school. We have also made insect hotels to help our pollinators.
At the Maryboro Museum in Fenelon Falls the Horticultural Society has created a butterfly garden, as well as vegetable gardens. The food from the gardens is donated to the local food bank.
Whether you are a homeowner, a businesses owner, or a community group you can do your part to protect pollinators. At our house we have made a butterfly/pollinator garden where we planted flowers that are native to this area. Remember that you don't need lots of land, all you need is a pot and some seeds! Most importantly, PLEASE do not use pesticides ever! Without pollinators we will not have any food….which is pretty important, don’t you think?
If you want more information about becoming an official Bee supporter, you can go to www.beecitycanada.org to find out more! You can also read about all the cities, schools and businesses and what they are doing including City of Kawartha Lakes and Langton P.S.
Thanks for reading!