The Pollinator Project
Our pollinators (of all varieties) are in decline. The Pollinator Project seeks to alleviate that problem by putting pollinator education clubs in schools.
Imagine a group of new gardeners planting every available piece of earth with little pollinator gardens. It would be yarn bombing with flowers.
- Mission Statement
The goal is to secure the future of pollinators as well as to educate students in how to have an environmentally and socially responsible business.
2. The Executive Summary
LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm (Registered Trademark), owned and operated by 17th Century Suds, Ltd. since 1999, will provide a retail sales kit to each club, in exchange for being the exclusive wholesale supplier of lip balm to The Pollinator Project. The LiXTiK sales will be financial support for each club, while the retail sales kit serves as an entrepreneurial educational source. Licensing the LiXTiK Natural Lip Balm brand is an option. Proceeds from LiXTiK sales would pay for field trips, garden supplies, and club leaders.
The Pollinator Clubs coordinator and sponsor, is 17th Century Suds, Ltd, which is contracted and funded by STEP through, New York State. The coordinator’s duties will include starting the clubs, pairing each club with a garden leader, organizing field trips and coordinating with each club's leader to develop a gardening curriculum, ordering club supplies (including LiXTiK), and keeping clubs’ books.
Each club's Gardening Leader, who has specific knowledge of regional indigenous pollinators and their food sources, will lead club meetings. This is a job created and paid for by NYS, which can switch to being paid for by the club's revenue. This will drive leaders to make sure clubs are solvent. Garden Leaders could also head more than one club, depending on the proximity of school locations. Students will learn about pollinators and their food source garden plants indigenous to their region. Leaders live near the school's community, and have gardening experience and knowledge.
Club lessons and activities will include, but not be limited to:
- Starting gardens from seeds
- planting and tending their gardens
- the interconnectedness and importance of pollinators of all kinds
- including all varieties of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, flies, and bats
- small business hands on skills including retail sales, inventory, and basic bookkeeping
- local food production
- seed saving
- field trips to farms, apiaries, museums, farmers markets, grocery stores, public and private gardens
Gardens could be started in school, and ideally would be planted and tended at home, unless their are no provisions at home to support a garden. In urban settings, I would encourage club leaders to do container gardens or try to secure a small piece of ground or rooftop. On a college level, gardens could be on campus and could be a club group effort. College level club leaders could also be interns (paid position?) or students (paid in college credit?)
In depth education can lead to apprenticeships and internships, on a seasonal or year round basis, depending on availability.
More specific honeybee education on a college level should be discussed at length to see if it could become a bigger part of The Pollinator Project.
Just like Boy and Girl Scouts, the clubs learn in an after school program setting, fundraising and going on Feild trips.
Club kits would include: LiXTiK Lip Balm sales kit and initial inventory, seeds and instructions. Seed flats, garden gloves, and soil purchases should be done locally, with a trip to a local garden store.
If you would like to start a club, please click on the contact us link below.