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Macoupin County 4-H Club to Participate in Pollinator Garden Program
May 4, 2016
Insect pollinators, including honeybees and butterflies, play a vital role in fruit and vegetable production. Some estimates say one out of every three bites of food we take is made possible because of pollinator species.
To promote pollinator health, the Crazy Clovers 4-H Club is working with M & M Service Company and GROWMARK to plant a pollinator garden at the Macoupin County Fair Grounds.
The garden will feature a mix of nearly two dozen plant species known to attract honey bees and other beneficial insects. The club’s 42 members will tend to the garden throughout the summer as a service project. Educational signs will be placed at the garden site to inform the public about the importance of pollination to our food supply.
“We are excited to work with 4-H to create this opportunity to promote pollinators in Illinois,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist. “We strongly support sustainability efforts in agriculture, and are pleased to work with young people to educate others about the importance of honey bees and other beneficial species.”
This program is made possible through GROWMARK’s Endure sustainability initiative, a System-wide effort designed to highlight products and practices that endure over time, ensuring ongoing viability for our owners and customers while developing programs that help the environment and the greater good.
GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $8.8 billion (FY 2015 data) providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org
Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org