Pollinator Habitat Established by the St Croix Beekeepers
A group of commercial and hobby beekeepers from Pierce, St
Croix and Polk Counties with the mission of teaching members
and informing the public of the benefits of the proper nurturing of
honey bees planted a native plant pollinator garden last week
(June 12, 2014) at the Peace Lutheran Church near Baldwin, WI.
Pastor John Hanson of Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, has
created community gardening space on church grounds for use
by parish and community members. He offered the beekeeper
group, who meet in the fellowship hall of the church for their
monthly meetings, a small plot of garden space on which to plant
a pollinator native plant garden, which once established will
provide a nectar and pollen source for the honey bees kept on church grounds as well as other pollinators in the area.
On June 12 a small group from the beekeeper association along with Pastor John Hanson planted approximately 150
plants of 9 different native plant species in a 10x20ft space, using cardboard as a biodegradable mulch which will remain in
place until plants are established enough to out-compete weeds. The group will use the native plant plot for educational
purposes as well as a food source for bees on church premises. The St Croix Beekeepers Association also keeps two
beehives on the property which they use for education and observational purposes.
St Croix Valley Beekeepers at Earth Day
Earth Day Celebration was conducted at the YMCA
Camp ST Croix in Hudson WI on Sunday April 21st this
year. SCV Beekeepers Association participants were
Mark Klanderman, Ruth Steiner, Max Steiner, and Paul
Mark, Ruth, and Paul talked all about bees and their
importance to pollination. Mark and Paul provided an assortment of bee equipment. Mark set up the video/disc player and
PBS documentary “Silence of the bees”. Ruth and Max helped with the smaller students finger painting insects on wrist bands
and provided a wonderful wall poster of a number of pollinators to look at. We all handed out the “regional plant lists for native
pollinator gardens”, the “SCV Beekeepers Assoc. information sheet, and our small “SCV Beekeepers paper business card”.
The WHPA “Honey Bee Poster Contest” was also posted for everyone to see. Everyone had a great time at this event from
Noon til 4 PM.