The pollinator garden project stems from collaboration with roots extending all over campus, as varying organizations and departments coalesce their efforts into something greater. The initiatives are truly interwoven, says Palahniuk, pointing out the tie between the BioClub-supported pollinators and the community garden, which in turn stocks the St. Kate’s Food Shelf.
“The idea that a bee flies to the garden, helps a tomato grow, then that tomato is picked and goes to the Food Shelf to feed a St. Kate’s student is a real connection,” he said. “It’s amazing.”
Preceding the pollinator party that afternoon was Shake It Up With the CSJs, which celebrated existing sustainability efforts on campus and discussed more collaborations across campus. A The Reflective Woman class also joined CSJs for Shake It Up to harvest produce from the Celeste’s Dream community garden.
“This project is a great example of how many disciplines can come together and make something bigger than themselves,” said Monica Rudquist, art and art history faculty. Students in the Art and Art History Department created the “bee condos” and artwork for the pollinator commons, and Rudquist will focus a class this semester on making more, including some for the Celeste’s Dream gardens. “One thing leads to the next, which leads to the next.”
Organizers will continue cultivating the pollinator garden during the coming months, planting more gardens and installing more bee condos. The commons will be one of the projects featured during Citizen Katie on Saturday, October 12, growing awareness of the pollinator efforts even more as community volunteers help extend the garden path.
“It’s one thing to hear about pollinator insecurity in the classroom and know that it’s an issue, but it’s another to see your own university making an actual attempt at creating a small-scale solution,” said Sydney Kennedy ’22, pollinator garden technician and one of the central event organizers alongside BioClub and the Food Justice Coalition. “To know that your own community cares about such an issue is really important.”
For more information on the pollinator project and other sustainability initiatives, email BioClub at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Palahniuk at email@example.com. If you have suggestions for improving sustainability on campus, email the sustainability coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Wheel: Bio Club's "Pollinator Commons" sees its grand opening
Student grows community garden to help those experiencing food insecurity
Talking trash with St. Kate's sustainability coordinators
Community garden grows on campus
St. Kate’s student groups abuzz with the business of beekeeping
All photos by Michelle Mullowney ’17.