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Learns Bees and Pollination with Gerdts and the Bee Squad
Minnesota Ag Connection - 04/02/2013

The Minnesota Project's Fruits of the City program is partnering with the University of Minnesota Bee Squad to offer a class on Bees and Pollination at Gertens, 5500 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 9.

Join in participants learn more about bees and pollination. All bees are important agriculturally, economically, and ecologically. A third of all the food we eat exists because of bees and pollinators. Since 2006, 20-40% of all honey bee colonies die annually.Learn about the many factors that are influencing this "colony collapse" and how you can do your part to help keep bees around.

Jody Gerdts, a valuable leader in Marla Spivak's Bee Squad at the University of Minnesota, is a fourth generation beekeeper from Appleton, Wisc., who has spent the last decade in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Education and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. Gerdts plays a key role in the development and implementation of Bee Squad programs and helps with research projects through the Bee Squad. Her interests include pollination ecology, sharing bees with people, and learning to help bees help themselves.

The cost for this workshop is $10. Advance registration is required through or by contacting Fruits of the City via email ( or phone at 651-789-3321.

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