Highlighting Heroes: Indiana Pollinator Project
The following was shared as part of our celebration of the heroes of National Pollinator Week, 2016.
Heather Harvey; Founder of Indiana Pollinator Project
The Indiana Pollinator Project is on a mission to increase Indiana's solitary pollinator populations through education, outreach, and habitat expansion. What began as an outreach effort by the Montessori School of Greater Lafayette has become a welcome resource in the central Indiana community for education, specifically about what pollination is and how our food supply depends upon it.
"People are hearing disturbing stories about honey bee decline and they are looking for information and reassurance," says founder Heather Harvey. "Some people just have questions about what is happening to pollinators, others want to know what they can do to help."
The Indiana Pollinator Project sells solitary bees and supplies from Crown Bees at the local farmers market and gives bee talks at preschools and elementary schools. In late summer, the organization provides Monarch butterfly larva and milkweed to classrooms for studying the Monarch's life cycle and migration.
Update 2018: Heather Harvey now manages her own native bee raising company Bees Gone Wild.