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CSI welcomes new "Pollinator Garden"

Posted at 2:34 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 16:34:21-04

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — The College of Southern Idaho has a new garden on campus, and it has a unique purpose: attracting pollinators like bees and hummingbirds!

The City of Twin Falls has been a pollinator friendly community since last year, and the college said they were happy to jump in with their own pollinator garden.

"We're creating this place for pollinators so they can have food and continue their lives," explained Andy Orr, a member of CSI's sustainability council. "We hope this space helps people recognize CSI doesn't just live in a bubble, it is a part of the community."

Biologists like Sarah Harris, a biology lab manager at CSI for nearly 30 years, say despite pollinators' tiny size, they make a big impact on the rest of us.

"Without them, we wouldn't have the seeds we plant in our gardens, we wouldn't have our wonderful fruits and vegetables that we eat," Harris said. "In fact we would be pretty much eating potatoes, rice, and wheat."

Orr says the garden will be beneficial to campus in more ways than one.

"Beyond just being for the insects, for the pollinators, it's a place where students can have a chance to integrate their learning from different classes they have," Orr said.

If you'd like to pay a visit to the garden, it's located on the CSI campus right behind the Shields building.