Bell Buckle, TN- 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

Bell Buckle, Tennessee conducted Daffodil Day on the third Saturday in March, 2017.  During this event, there was a plant and seed exchange to promote the planting of organic and native plants in the area.  During the event, milkweed seeds were given away to visitors to Bell Buckle along with free trees to plant in their yards.  Additionally,  a variety of blooming plants were given away to visitors to improve the Bell Buckle area for pollinators and honey bees.  Brochures were provided to visitors to educate them on the importance of organic plants and partnering of plants to avoid the use of pesticides.   During Pollinator Week, milkweed seeds were provided to Bell Buckle town hall to be given away to each person who visited town hall.

Policies & Practices

In 2017, Bell Buckle Bee City has struggled to maintain committee members.  We hope to partner with the Bell Buckle beautification committee to increase attendance at meetings and participation of Bell Buckle city residents.

Bee City Bell Buckle makes a presentation to each monthly Bell Buckle alderman meeting.

Beekeeping workshop takes place annually in Bell Buckle to encourage local residents to become beekeepers.

Education & Outreach

Daffodil Day in Bell Buckle is when we focus on educating the public on the importance of bees and pollinators.  Educational materials are provided to the public, particularly children who bring daffodils to enter in the daffodil judging and participate in the plant exchange.

Bee City USA signs have been set up at each city limit to identify Bell Buckle as a Bee City USA.  Educational brochures on partner planting are provided at town hall.

New pollinator plantings have been done in 4 flower beds downtown Bell Buckle.  Plans are in place to provide Bee City USA plaques in the planting beds with identification markers for each plant to educate the public.

Local beekeepers have participated in several honey bee swarm captures to increase local hives.

Local Website & Contact Information

Bee City USA information has been provided to the Bell Buckle, TN, facebook page.

Currently, we do not have a dedicated website for our organization.  We need to work harder to promote beekeeping in our city although our town of 112 homes has 5 active beekeepers within the city limits.