A group of us from SCBA went to the Union County Beekeepers meeting Monday night in Monroe, NC. We at Stanly County Beekeepers are interested in pursuing the Bee City USA designation for Albemarle and Locust NC. Hearing Ms. Phillis Stiles talk about the program was helpful.
Apparently there are four things that need to happen to become qualified for this program:
1) An ongoing committee needs to meet regularily to talk about various pollinator needs around the community;
2) The city must put up a sign indicating they’re a Bee City USA member;
3) The city much have an annual event educating the public about pollinators; and
4) We need to reapply annually by sending in our year’s activities showing what we’ve done to promote pollinators throughout the community.
The way Ms. Stiles talked it seemed easy. Next we discuss how to approach/educate our city officials. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.
by Pat Allen, Webmaster