Best Pollinator Foods to Add to Garden

But first, why are pollinators important? Why do they matter?   "Pollinators are organisms that carry pollen from one flower to another. Flowering plants depend on pollinators in order to reproduce. These relationships are so important that many plants have adapted traits that make their flowers more attractive to pollinators, such as having brightly colored petals …

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Nature Play Days

Between June 10 and June 18, across the state of Indiana, Nature Play Days were held. In Greencastle, IN, the Greencastle Sustainability Committee and the BE WELL Putnam County Hospital Community Wellness Initiative worked together to bring Nature Play Days to the youth of Greencastle. Various activities such as butterfly garden planting, nature hikes, and volunteering …

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Reflection on Native Plant Project

When creating my EFP project, I wanted something that would impact the Greencastle community, not just DePauw. Through joining the Greencastle Sustainability Commission, important ideas arose from listening to the wants and needs of the community. The most meaningful issue that the commissioners brought up was the lack of a user-friendly native plant gardening guide …

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Indianapolis People’s Climate March

Though it may have been a rainy day, Indianapolis' Climate March went underway. Starting at the Roberts Park united Methodist Church, we marched to the PanAm Plaza to attend the Indy VegFest--the first annual of its kind in Indiana. The Hoosier Environmental Council and the Citizens Action Committee among others did a fantastic job organizing …

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Native Plant Project

For the Environmental Fellows Program, Joveita Weah, Mayra Leon Coss, and myself have all teamed up to become members of the Greencastle Sustainability Commission. Our goal is to immerse ourselves into the Greencastle projects regarding sustainability and environmentalism. We have taken up the tasks of creating a Greencastle-focused native plant gardening guide to freely distribute …

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Dr. Indra Frank on Environmental Equity in Indiana

Dr. Frank explored to concepts of environmental justice and equity inside the state of Indiana at her Prindle talk with Kiara Goodwine, an EFP and member of SLP. Indiana is ranked one of the worst states of air and water quality, further adding to the divide between urban and rural areas and socioeconomic divides in …

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Invasive, Non-Native Spring Wildflowers

Though they may look pretty, please keep in mind all the pictured wildflowers above (photos taken in Hendricks County, IN) are non-native and invasive. Common Chickweed is not the same as Star Chickweed, which is native to Indiana, it is instead a non-native, invasive plant (top left). Bird's Eye Speedwell is an invasive, non-native type …

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