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Proud to Bee a 4-H’er in third year

Feb. 23, 2016 - 4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada are partnering for the third year on Proud to Bee a 4-H'er, an initiative where 4-H club members learn about bees and other pollinators by planting and tending pollinator-friendly gardens in their communities.

Participating 4-H clubs have the opportunity to create pollinator-friendly habitats using Proud to Bee a 4-H'er pollinator-friendly seed packets. This fun activity encourages 4-H members to learn all about the amazing and fascinating work of bees, get outside and enjoy nature, and raise funds for their local clubs. Approximately 80,000 seed packets have been distributed over the first two years of the program and the hope is that 2016 will see the total number move to over 100,000 packets distributed.

Syngenta support for Proud to Bee a 4-H'er is through its Operation Pollinator program, which is focused on research and other initiatives that contribute to enhanced biodiversity and habitat in support of healthy pollinator populations.

4-H clubs that register for the program receive Proud to Bee a 4-H'er pollinator-friendly seed packets, planting instructions and information about pollinator habitats. 4-H'ers can plant the seeds themselves or use them to support activities in their communities. This year, participating 4-H'ers will also have the chance to share their pride in taking part in this initiative by submitting a short video describing why they are #ProudtoBeea4Her. The winners will be chosen through public voting in late-summer 2016, with prizes to be awarded.

For additional information and resources on the Proud to Bee a 4-H'er initiative, visit http://4-h-canada.ca/proudtobee. To locate 4-H clubs near you, go to http://4-h-canada.ca/find-club.