Last week all of the graduate students at the OSU Hermiston Experiment Station spent a day teaching local children about sustainable farming. The extension day called "Farmtastic!" included topics such as: nutrition, soil science, plant pathology, entomology, and aquatic entomology.
My section focused on the conservation of beneficial invertebrates including bees and spiders. The kids were very excited to see the preserved bees and spiders and even more excited to see some jumping spiders laying eggs! I also demonstrated how bees pollinate flowers and the children were able to plant some bee-friendly sunflowers.
The local newspaper ran an article about Farmtastic!, you can read the article below:
Lauren Smith is currently a PhD student at Oregon State University researching the effect of grassland restoration on native bee and spider communities. Visit her website here.