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Keep an eye on your email!

2014 July 7
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by Tessa Forbes

Hello UPP participants! In the coming days, please keep an eye on your email as we will be sending you important updates about your UPP tomato plants!

We have had to alter the set up of the plants and we will be going around and doing that at your p-patches over the next week if we haven’t done it already. You will receive an email when it happens explaining the changes and giving you updates on whether or not your p-patch will be receiving a bin with a tuning fork and graduated cylinder.

Thank you all so much for your patience and your hard work! You are all awesome!

 

UPP summer 2014 is officially underway!

2014 June 23
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by Tessa Forbes

We just got all the extra plants out to the seven p-patches who agreed to take them! We filled the entire 17 foot truck in the pictures with the plants. UPP this summer is officially underway! Thanks so much to all of our amazing participants. WP_20140619_002 WP_20140619_006 WP_20140619_007 WP_20140619_008 WP_20140619_009

Come celebrate bees with the UW Beekeepers and UPP on June 19th!

2014 June 3
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by Tessa Forbes

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Get your free tomato plant and participate!

2014 May 2
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by susan

On Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, UPP will give away Sungold cherry tomato plants to Seattle P-Patch gardeners who would like to collect data for research on bees and crop yields in the city.

Interested? Follow this link to sign up and reserve your plant!  UPP interns will provide research support you as you care for your plant and collect data on your tomatoes at the end of the season.  Remember–you get to keep and eat all the tomatoes!  We just want your data…

This year, UPP focuses on specific P-Patches in Seattle in order to collect data from gardens that have a wide spectrum of different  characteristics.  Gardeners from those P-Patches will get first priority for tomato plants.  However, if your garden is not on the list below, we will still include you in the study if your P-Patch can recruit a minimum of 10 gardeners who commit to participating!

Belltown

Bradner Gardens Park

Colman Park

Delridge

Estelle St.

Haller Lake

Hawkins

Interbay

Jackson Park

Magnolia Manor

Magnuson

New Holly

Picardo

Ravenna

Republica

Thomas St.

UDistrict

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Bees are active!

2014 April 24
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by susan

Greetings, gardeners and bee lovers!

Spring has sprung in Seattle, and pollinator activity has surged (despite some cold rainy days).  Look for Bombus vosnesenskii (classic black and yellow pattern) and Bombus melanopygus (beautiful dark gold abdomen) queens in your yard and along the street.  Check out the Xerces Society’s ID guide on our “Resources for Citizen Scientists” tab above, and learn how to identify these beauties!

We will soon be announcing the tomato giveaway dates and locations for UPP’s third year of citizen science!  Stay tuned for more information on how to help us collect data on bee abundance and diversity in Seattle, and the effects of pollinators on tomato yields.

Pollination Time with Doug: Episode 1

2014 February 10
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by Tessa Forbes

We’re launching a new series of monthly videos about fascinating plants and pollinators from all over the world starring the extremely knowledgeable University of Washington Greenhouse Manager, Doug Ewing!

Episode 1 is up right now and can be found by clicking the link below. Keep an eye on our Facebook account and Youtube channel for the monthly updates!

UPP’s Visit to McDonald International School

2013 December 17
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by Tessa Forbes

On November 14th and 15th, UPP Marie and Susan presented a pollination-oriented, hands-on curriculum at McDonald International School with 6 classes of 3rd and 4th graders. Here are some pictures of the event, all taken by our intern Emmi.

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KCD awards UPP $13000 grant!

2013 December 3
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by marie

King Conservation District recently awarded UPP a $13000 grant to continue our work developing educational materials (about pollination, bee conservation, and more) and in working towards understanding how to increase sustainable crop yield with evidence-based conservation of native bees. We are VERY excited to receive this award. Thanks so much to King Conservation District for this incredible opportunity!

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UPP bins and bee observers!

2013 July 5
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by marie

A quick update on the project!

  •  UPP bins (containing a tuning fork, a graduated cylinder, laminated instructions, etc.) have been delivered to almost all UPP locations (in your shed or other agreed-upon location if your location does not have a shed)! The bins have giant UPP tomato/bee stickers on them, so they’re hard to miss! If you do not yet have a UPP bin,  if your bin is missing an item, or if you need a replacement for any other UPP supplies (stakes, netting) let us know by filling out this survey! 
  • We have UW undergraduate interns doing bee observations at many of the UPP locations around the city! If you see them watching your plants, please say hi! And if you have any questions or comments about this, please let us know!

Also, an important thing to remember, now that tomatoes are starting to form and ripen: These Gold Nugget tomatoes will be SMALL/CHERRY AND YELLOW WHEN RIPE! This is how they will look  when you need to pick them and start collecting/submitting data on tomato number and volume from ALL of your plants (and also when they will be good to eat!)!

Instructional Videos: Netting and Tuning Fork!

2013 May 30
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by marie

We have just posted two new videos made by our fantastic Undergrad Research Team showing how to put up pollinator exclusion nets (white treatment) and how to use the tuning fork to hand-pollinate the plants (pink treatment)! Check them out under the “Instructional Videos” tab at the top of the page!