Cook County Farm Bureau to Receive National Award for Conservation EffortsFor Conservations Efforts
Pollinators are important to the food system and ecosystem – and fun to talk about! Cook County Farm Bureau recognized urban consumers enjoy conversations about pollinators and designed a project to share farmers’ efforts to preserve and increase pollinator habitats as well as to illustrate the connection between pollinators and the food system.
This project included four sub-projects: creation of a community pollinator garden, community presentations, a pollinator garden community event, and a large-scale community education event. An event this summer featured tables and booths to educate the community and Farm Bureau members about pollinators, as well as celebrate the pollinator garden.
The project reached more than 5,500 individuals while engaging 13 Farm Bureau leaders, 34 community volunteers, and 17 community partners, including the city of Countryside, Freeman Fence, Ted’s Greenhouse, Zeldenrust Farm Market, and University of Illinois
‘Party for the Pollinators’ was one of 24 selected out of 143 projects submitted to receive the County Activities of Excellence award designation from the American Farm Bureau Federation.