On Saturday, nine Madison County educators learned about pollinator gardens and how to incorporate them into their curriculum at a School Pollinator Workshop. The two recent classes were coordinated by the Madison County Pollinator Working Group, a collaboration of non-profits, businesses, and government entities including Sustainable Berea, Columbia Gas of KY, and the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Coordinator Jim Embry of the Sustainable Communities Network sees schools as crucial to the Working Group’s mission to increase habitat, provide education, and raise awareness about the vital importance of pollinators. “Everyone has to be eco-literate,” he says. The Workshops are also proving a model for other locales throughout the state like Northern Kentucky and Danville, according to Embry. The Working Group also encourages major landholders to reduce pesticide use and grow flowers for pollinators. The Blue Grass Army Depot, for example, fosters a pollinator preserve that provides crucial habitat and a local source of native seeds.