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Little Waldo Farm Hosts Pollinator Party

The sun was shining, and pollinators were happily traveling from flower to flower as fam­ilies gathered at Little Waldo Farm for a Polli­nator Party.

Little Waldo Farm is part of the Clover Val­ley Farm Trail, a co-operative group of local­ly owned, small farms located in the Clover Valley area between Two Harbors and Duluth. Little Waldo Farm not only provides locally grown produce, they offer educational opportu­nities such as horticulture, agricultural demon­strations, and farm tours. More information can be found at https://www.littlewaldofarm.com/

Jadell Cavallin, owner of Little Waldo Farm, is a licensed nursery stock grower and a honey beekeeper. At the Pollinator Party, she greeted guests and answered questions about bees, pol­linators, and small farms.

Local pianist Eddie Ojard provided live mu­sic for the event, setting the mood with a vari­ety of pieces. Refreshments included delicious cookies from Louise’s Place. Children enjoyed playing in a grassy field, listening to stories, playing games, and winning prizes.

A number of vendors were at the Pollinator Party, sharing information pertaining to polli­nators and other farm-related topics. Vendors included the Lake County Soil and Water Con­servation District, Lake County 4-H, Sugarloaf Cove, the Clover Valley Farm Trail, the Two Harbors Farmers’ Market, and Crafted by Pete.

A prize drawing was also part of the festiv­ities, participants entering honeycomb-shaped slips into a Dr. Seuss-style hat with bumblebee stripes, hoping to win one of several goodie boxes with pollinator-related items.

Local honey and maple syrup were available for purchase, and vegetable starters were avail­able for free. Jadell Cavallin displayed a num­ber of books on beekeeping, as well as two bee suits and a few bee boxes.

Informative signs hung around the garden, with titles such as “How Are the Pollinators Doing?” and “Myths and Realities for Polli­nators.” Other signs showed images of native plants and trees for pollinators.

Jadell Cavallin is passionate about gardening, as it “encourages us to be active, learn from nature, and eat healthier. Research has shown that gardening improves both your mental and physical health, plus you get beautiful flowers and delicious tasting food. Gardening is a gate­way to a healthier and more wholesome life, and I look forward to sharing that with all of you.”

If it weren’t for our pollinators, none of the refreshments or food items to purchase at the pollinator party would have been possible. So, the next time you go enjoy a tasty treat, think of those busy pollinators who made it possible!

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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