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We made it to the papers! The Dayton Daily News published an article on our efforts to grow a food forest in the Wright-Dunbar neighborhood in Dayton, OH.
“Karen Levin of the Foundation said the Food Forest at the corner of West Fifth and South Williams streets will feed pollinating insects like butterflies and honeybees and people, when vegetables are ready for harvest. She’s looking for an organization that could help distribute the vegetables to the needy.”
Check out the article here “Effort to increase bee population launched in Dayton.” Be sure to Like us on Facebook for live updates on this project and more to come.
Volunteers who would like to help are asked to telephone Karen Levin, executive director, Levin Family Foundation at (937) 672-2569.
On Monday, June 22nd, Propolis Projects will create a “food forest” within the northwest corner of West Fifth Street and South Williams Street in West Dayton, an area that is currently considered a “food desert.” The neighborhood in focus, Wright-Dunbar, is an area in which many inhabitants do not have access to healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
The food forest will include a dozen garden boxes growing various fruits and vegetables for those living in the neighborhood. Sunflowers and wildflowers will also be planted, feeding and attracting pollinators.
Many have partnered with Propolis Projects in this endeavor including Home Depot, Whole Foods, the City of Dayton, and more. After the planting has been completed, volunteers will be checking in daily to ensure that the lot is properly cared for. Outcome measures will be analyzed throughout the process. If the first installation produces an appreciable contribution to the health of the community, Propolis Projects will have great headway in expanding its developments and making a greater positive impact to the state of the environment.
Please stay tuned for more information.
June 15 to June 21 is Pollinator Week, a nationally-recognized week to raise awareness of the important role of bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and other pollinators in ecology and food production. This week was initiated by the Pollinator Partnership, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Read more about the Pollinator Partnership here. There are plenty of ways to learn about the importance of this week and to get involved through your community and online. Visit the Pollinator Week page to learn more.