Oakland, CA—September 4, 2018
The Mills Community Farm is the recipient of a Feed a Bee forage grant and will soon unveil its brand-new pollinator green screen established specifically to offer increased habitat and nutrition sources for local pollinators. The grant is part of the Bayer Feed a Bee program’s initiative to plant forage areas in all 50 states by the end of 2018.
As one of the recipients of grants awarded during the sixth selection cycle of this two-year initiative, Mills College has received $5,000 to fund its planting project, which, together with the additional projects honored through the initiative, will help provide a tangible, sustainable solution to the current lack of forage for bees and other pollinators. In the sixth round of selection, 15 projects with demonstrable local impact have been funded across the country. Approximately 140 projects have now been funded in 47 states as well as Washington, D.C. since the initiative’s launch!
The grant will allow the Mills Community Farm to purchase native plants as well as other bee and pollinator-friendly landscaping that is crucial for providing critical habitat for these threatened organisms.
Mills students majoring in Environmental Studies plan to work with, manage, and maintain the garden in service to the larger community, often with the help of community volunteers from non-profit and community based organizations. In addition, students involved in the Campus Farm Practicum class will learn about the significance of having a natural bee habitat on and nearby the farm, for the simple reason that every third bite of food is due to a pollinator.
“We are excited to model bee-friendly farming here at the Mills Community Farm, promoting sustainable agricultural practices that improve pollinator health,” said Farm Manager Julia Dashe. “This grant will impact awareness of pollinator health by bringing Mills students together with students from neighborhood schools as well as members of the community. Our hope is that this inter-generational 'cross pollination' will inspire all involved to be better bee stewards and friends to the pollinators upon whom we depend greatly for food production and the continuation of life itself!
“We are astounded by the terrific response we’ve received thus far from like-minded organizations desiring to join us in our efforts to support local pollinator populations,” said Becky Langer, project manager for the Bayer North American Bee Care Program. “This 50-state planting initiative will help further the reach of our Feed a Bee program by extending support to exceptional groups nationwide that are working to provide forage for pollinators through innovative and purposeful solutions.”
The projects range from planting additional native forage, integrated vegetation management (IVM) initiatives, habitat restoration programs and other forms of establishing forage that benefit pollinators. Bayer has committed to fund projects in all 50 U.S. states by the end of 2018, including submissions from community groups, universities, parks, wildlife refuges and more.
Those interested in joining the Bayer Feed a Bee program can apply for a forage project grant at FeedABee.com/Impact.
About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and self-identified women with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit https://www.mills.edu.