It's Virginia Pollinator Week

Applauding Pollinators In Virginia

June 18, 2018 - 1:57 pm

 Richmond, VA (WRVA) - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service's Elaine Lidholm is spreading the word about Pollinators.  Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is buzzing about the fact that June 18 – 24, 2018 is Virginia Pollinator Week, a time set aside by Governor Ralph Northam to recognize and appreciate the tremendous value of pollinators in the Commonwealth. Virginia is currently experiencing a loss of 30 to 40 percent of hives per year, but Virginians can take specific actions to protect and increase the number of our pollinators. Individuals who wish to join in the effort can become beekeepers or plant gardens or plant window boxes that will attract pollinators.

On Sunday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. visitors to the Great Big Greenhouse can meet beekeepers, see the tools of their trade, try on a beekeeper’s suit and learn what they can do to protect our most efficient pollinator, the honeybee. Virginia State Apiarist, Keith Tignor, will be on hand with information on how to protect this precious resource. The Great Big Greenhouse and Nursery is located in the Huguenot Village Shopping Center, at the intersection of Huguenot and Robious Roads.

For additional information, contact Elaine Lidholm at elaine.lidholm@vdacs.virginia.gov.