How 4-H Members are Showing How Pollinators are Vital to Food Production – Interview
Help Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 21 – 27 HOW 4-H’ers ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF POLLINATORS & HOW THEY’RE AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT IN GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION
Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health.
So, what exactly are pollinators?
Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
If you enjoy coffee, chocolate, apples, almonds,
and many other foods that are part of our daily lives, you may be surprised to learn that without pollinators they might no longer exist. About 35 percent of the world’s food crops are the result of pollinating species, an essential component in global food production
Learning about the importance and benefits of pollinators on the world’s food supply is the idea behind the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program.
The three-year program aims
to teach 30,000 youth nationwide about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitats, while encouraging the establishment of quality pollinator habitats at 22 sites across the country.
The program features a “Teens as Teachers” approach which is a true win-win for kids. The young people learn skills from teen ambassadors they look up to while 4-H teens develop their leadership skills through teaching.
The great thing about Pollinator Week
is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Kids can take part in craft activities by making their own ants from clothes pins and pipe cleaners, or designing a butterfly using a coffee filter and food dye, among many other ideas found on the 4-H website.
4-H teen ambassador, Grace Moeller, from Minnesota, along with Rancher & 4-H, Mom Natalie Kovarik, were able to personally share the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program, how kids can get involved during National Pollinator Week, and the importance of the program for the future of U.S. agriculture and the global food supply.
Listen to the entire interview here.
For more information, go to 4-H.org/Corteva
More about our Interviewees:
Grace is a 17-year-old Pollinator Ambassador from Blue Earth County, Minnesota. She is passionate about pollinators, climate change, and the outdoors. Grace loves to ride horses, design clothes, and run Cross Country + Track and Field.
From the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, Natalie Kovarik shares her ranching and familying story to showcase the beauty behind the western lifestyle as well as foster a community that supports and trusts agriculture as much as she does.
Most of her days are spent bouncing around in a dusty old tractor or out in the pasture on horseback, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. With roots firmly planted in the ranching community, she aims to spend her time advocating for rural life while collecting meaningful moments on her ranch with her ever-growing family.
*Interview and article courtesy: National 4-H Council & Corteva AgriScience