Last year when Kristina Knight heard about the declining population of bees, she decided to take action.
“Bees are responsible for pollinating blueberries, apples, oranges, peaches, corn, coffee, and many other foods we eat daily,” Knight said. “Bees are in trouble because of pesticides, climate change, poor nutrition, and many other reasons that humans have an effect on.”
As part of her Girl Scout service project, Knight decided to create a pollinator garden, with plants that are native to New York. Her 20 x 60 foot pollinator garden at the Waterman Conservation Center in Apalachin provides a source of food for bees. Knight
“I volunteered at Cornell Botanic to learn about native flowers,” she said. “I made sure to plant perennials so that they will grow back every year.”
Knight was able to get plant donations Nanticoke Gardens and Farmer Browns Marketplace for her project.
Knight who has been a Girl Scout for 10 years, earned her Gold Award for her pollinator garden. The Gold Award is the highest service award a Girl Scout can earn. Knight also has a website to raise awareness for the issues surrounding the decline in bees population. https://bee-aware.weebly.com