Thanks to a generous grant from The Al Stroobant’s Foundation, The Sedalia Center’s vision of renewable energy has become a reality.
The pros behind the project: 30 year licensed electrician and UL certified solar installer Mark Howard, whose POWERMARK Electrical, LLC of Fincastle, VA is overseeing the solar installation, has been involved in familiarizing people with renewable energy for many years. As a member of REEVADIY (Renewable Energy /Electric Vehicle Do-it-Yourself Club, he lends his expertise to individuals, organizations, and initiatives to encourage people to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Approximately 75 percent of all food crops grown in the United States depend on pollinators.
The Sedalia Center teamed with the Bedford Master Gardeners to establish a pollinator garden in 2019. A work in progress, the garden is comprised of eight differing theme beds that attract differing pollinator groups and biomes to include honey bees, native bees (mason, bumble, etc), butterflies, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, pasture plants, and a pollinator-friendly herb garden.
The garden provides clear, real-life examples of the interdependent nature of our food ecosystem, and the valuable services that pollinators provide to us. The garden is located next to our playground to encourage children and parents to observe the different species of pollinators and to encourage parents to have a dialog with children on the crucial role our pollinators have in society.