About Kenda Swartz Pepper

Kenda-Swartz-Pepper-ContributorWhen she’s not working, volunteering, fiddling about the garden, photographing nature, being a pollinactivist, blogging about social and environmental justice, or pawning her eco-children’s book, Kenda, a former Monarch butterfly docent, gets her kicks hanging with her husband, her dog, and the pollineighbors.

It Shall Not Bee for Jacksonville, At Least Not for the Time Beeing – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – December 2017/January 2018

On Tuesday, October 17, roughly one year from beginning the process of working toward Jacksonville’s Bee City certification, the Bee City leadership team experienced another setback during our third council meeting.

After our team worked industriously to overcome council’s initial objections by generating financial independence, raising $2200, by creating self-reliance […]

By | November 30th, 2017|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|1 Comment

Farewell Your Majesties – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – October 2017

Watching a monarch metamorphosis is mind-blowing. Work deadlines, family time, and personal care all take a temporary backseat to what I view as a mesmerizing marvel. The fact that a single egg, only slightly larger than the period at the end of this sentence, in four days, turns into the […]

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Pollinator Event Unbeelievably Successful – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

John Muir’s quote speaks to the interconnectedness of all things. Humans to nature, nature to earth, earth to the universe, and the cosmos back to humans. Take for example the zeal surrounding the solar eclipse uniting us all under one sky to witness the moon’s passage over the sun. Something exceptional transpires when we grasp […]

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Got Milkweed? How to Help Monarch Butterflies – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – August 2017

Monarch butterflies have been on earth for roughly 175 million years, but it’s only since the 1990’s that their numbers have declined by 80%. In 25 short years, 560 of the 700 million Monarch butterflies in North America have disappeared.

Being in the presence of a Monarch has brought me great […]

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The Last Bee, A Poem – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – July 2017

She rested gently in his soft, young hand

In awe, he stared, at a smallness so grand.

 

What have we done? In earnest he pleaded.

They forgot, she whispered, how much we are needed.

 

But I don’t understand, he stuttered through tears.

You’re not to blame, she said, it’s been going on for years.

 

How can […]

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Managing Mosquitoes and Protecting Pollinators Part II – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – June 2017

Pollinator protection does not have to be relinquished in exchange for managing mosquitoes. The impact of mosquito spraying on pollinators is long-lasting. Studies show wild bee populations are even more susceptible to pesticide exposure than honey bees due to biological and habitat differences.

Fortunately, here in Oregon, we don’t have to […]

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Managing Mosquitoes and Protecting Pollinators Part I – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – May 2017

They’ve been around for more than 100 million years. They’re most active at 80°F and unable to function below 50°F. They can sense the lactic acid and carbon dioxide from an animal’s breath up to 100 feet away. The females beat their wings 500 times per second producing a piercing […]

10 Ways This Plant Can Improve Your Life – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – April 2017

We pull them, mow them, dig them, stomp them, spray them, shout at them, and lament how they are a nuisance in our lives.

Dandelions.

An underappreciated and underutilized plant in our society, the dandelion in the Asteraceae (aster or sunflower) family, is one of the most nutrient-packed foods on earth and […]

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The Little Mason Bee and Me – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – March 2017

At first I thought they were flies. Tiny, black, wings. Two of them I found legs-up in the windowsill. They were swept away with nary a thought. Until I saw another one on the floor. The dustbuster was poised to devour this third creature when something caught my eye. Movement. […]

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There’s No Place Like a Neonicotinoid-free Home – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – February 2017

Jacksonville was bursting with magic that brisk December evening. White lights and pine swags, staples of a vintage Christmas, on each door and window beckoned passersby indoors for cozy warmth. The scent of holiday charm filled the air.

I walked into old city hall, sat, and anxiously waited to deliver my […]

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Busy Bees Thriving – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – December 2016/January 2017

In October, two girlfriends swept me away to a swank resort in Arizona for an early milestone (more like mileboulder) birthday celebration. I felt loved and pampered. Miravel offers top-notch service with fine accommodations and accoutrements tending to all of life’s comforts. Evening landscapes are replete with stunning high-desert […]

By | November 30th, 2016|Featured Stories, Garden, Love Thy Pollineighbor|4 Comments

Fall for Pollinators – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – November 2016

He looked like something out of the cartoons, a dazzling green blubbery caricature of himself. Given his lazy, lumbering gait, this little guy was in no hurry to get to his destination.

I inspected him closely, intrigued by his suction cup feet, the wrinkles in the fern-green folds of his skin, […]

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Jacksonville to Become the Most Bee-Friendly Town in Southern Oregon? – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – October 2016

I was walking downtown one bright mid-July afternoon and came upon a bee in the middle of 3rd Street. She was on her back spinning frenetically. I reached down and as her little legs grasped my pinky, I wondered, “Was she battling the residual effects of a recent mosquito spray?” […]

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