Seeds in San Antonio: Feed a Bee Planting Event

The Bayer Feed a Bee program hosts events nationwide with a wide range of organizations, all dedicated to growing the amount of forage for honey bees and other pollinators. With the assistance of pollinator enthusiasts like this one in multiple areas of the country, Bayer is dedicated to planting seeds in all 50 states by the end of 2018!

Student Holding Plant

Feed a Bee Planting with Bexar County 4-H and St. John Berchmans Catholic School

San Antonio, Texas

As part of our events leading up to Bayer’s AgVocacy Forum and the Commodity Classic show, Feed a Bee joined with the Bexar County 4-H program to create a pollinator patch in the Giving Garden at St. John Berchmans Catholic School.

Here’s a breakdown of a typical Feed a Bee planting event and an overview of our buzz-worthy day with some particularly engaged 4-H students and partners.

4H Club and Feed a Bee

Students began the day by hearing from representatives from Bayer, the San Antonio city council and the National 4-H Council, pictured below:

  • Darren Wallis, vice president of communications, Crop Science, a division of Bayer, North America
  • Shirley Gonzales, San Antonio City Councilwoman, District 5
  • Carolyn Fernandez, Director of Development, National 4-H Council
  • Dr. Melinda Garcia, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Board Certified Entomologist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Feed a Bee in San Antonio

Becky Langer, project manager of Bayer’s Bee Care Program, also presented the Texas 4-H Foundation with a $10,000 donation to assist future planting initiatives throughout Bexar County.

Feed a Bee Donation

We had the honor of leading more than 60 students, in grades 2-8, through several engaging, hands-on education sessions on topics like:

  • beekeeping and farming in Texas
  • a honey tasting bar
  • the anatomy and migration patterns of monarch butterflies. (Did you know San Antonio is a major stop on their migratory route each year?)

4H with Feed a Bee

Students also witnessed a blessing of the ground from representatives of a local Native American tribe, Southern Winds.

4H Plant Pollinators

We broke ground on the school’s newest forage plot by adding various bee-attractant plants and hand-scattering wildflower seeds in the Giving Garden.

4Hers Help Plant Pollinators

To close out the event, we sat down together and scarfed down a nice lunch to commemorate a job well done.

4H Group Eating Lunch

San Antonio is just one stop of many in our new Feed a Bee initiative to reach all 50 states by the end of 2018, and we look forward to joining with more planting projects across the nation with the goal of planting more diverse, nutritious forage for bees and other pollinators.

If you’ve joined us on the Feed a Bee planting tour across the country, share your photos with us @Bayer4CropsUS on Twitter and Instagram, or post them using #FeedaBee. Happy planting!