Toll Gate helps the pollinators

Toll Gate Grammar School is trying to do its part to help become more river-friendly and green by reclaiming an old garden bed and building a pollinator garden to increase pollinators in the area. 

As many of you know, pollinators have been declining in New Jersey for years now due to the increase in development and use of pesticides and herbicides. In grades K-5, students learn about the importance of native plants and pollinators and how the imbalance of them affects more than just one species. 

Due to the decline of pollinators, the delicious things we all have come to love like fresh New Jersey fruits and veggies and local honey will become scarce if we do not do our part. The pollinator garden will give the students of Toll Gate Grammar School hands on experience caring for our local environment. Bringing back the pollinators to Toll Gate will not only help Pennington but also our local watershed, which is the Millstone River. 

Furthermore, students have been learning about biocontrol to help fight back against the invasive Spotted Lanternfly.  More pollinators means more good bugs (like praying mantids and lacewing flies) that eat those pesky Spotted Lanternflies. 

If you would like to donate funds to help the school with this wonderful endeavor, please contact Larissa Kelsey at larissamkelsey@gmail.com

Submitted by Larissa Kelsey for Toll Gate Grammar School

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