Celebrate our pollinators
This is the week to celebrate pollinators.
Pollinators are facing increasing challenges of habitat loss, parasite and disease pressure, and the unintended consequences of pesticide misuse. Anyone – from individual home gardeners to commercial and agricultural property managers – can promote pollinator health by selecting and planting appropriate plants.
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Celebrate our pollinators by protecting them and their habitat. Find out more about how by contact the Polk County Extension office at 770-749-2142, or e-mailing [email protected]