The Pollinator Project Commences!

We have watched the field go through its new phases of life as it got a big haircut last year ( at first we were sad); then overwintered with large heavy sheets of plastic (which led to either helping to stake it down or reporting that help was needed!);  then was tilled a few weeks ago ( we advised the mower “Watch out for the killdeer”)  All this in preparation for the Pollinator Project which is a community art project presented by Border Free Bees, in partnership with the City of Richmond, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancity and us, Terra Nova Nature School.

The project is a  beautiful coming together of art and science, weaving in the importance of our native bee population and other beneficial pollinators. Creating community that understands our ecological system and its’ needs is an integral part of advocacy and sustainability. We are committed to fostering children that are stewards of this land at Terra Nova, and our City of Richmond and our province of British Columbia and our world at large!

We were so fortunate to work hands-on with three wonderful artists, Evan, Jaymie and Mary to create bee nesting boxes and bumble baskets. Aside from the benefits of the artists and their work, we also were blessed to have many parents and grandparents join us ( and bring delicious snacks, homemade scones anyone?) to work with the children. These shared moments of learning and caring for each other and our planet are why we do what we do everyday. Thank you to all!

Enjoy these photos of our projects ( well, the first one is from when I was beekeeping the other day just ’cause I LOVE those little bees!). We extended the learnings into circle time discussions, looking through books and wondering what we know and what we want to know about bees and pollinators. What do you wonder about?

With honour,

Emily