Love Thy Pollineighbor

The Soil – Pollinator Connection: Insight from Soil Scientist, Dr. Elaine Ingham – by Kenda Swartz Pepper

Love Thy Pollineighbor – February 2018

A recent conversation with Dr. Elaine Ingham, Soil Scientist, Soil Life Consultant, and President of Soil Foodweb, Inc, brought to light the importance of soil health in relation to pollinator […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]