Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative reaches new heights and new clubs


Guelph, Ontario, Canada

4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada are pleased to announce another successful year of the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative, which saw 135 4-H clubs from across the country participating and some 15,000 seed packets distributed. In the five years it has run, Proud to Bee a 4-H’er has distributed more than 140,000 pollinator-friendly seed packets to 4-H clubs and communities across Canada.

In addition, 4-H Canada and Syngenta were thrilled to have 44 percent of those clubs as first-time participants in the initiative. The participating 4-H clubs help create bee-friendly habitats and learn all about the fascinating work of bees.

“It is wonderful each year to see the level of excitement and engagement our members have with this initiative,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “All of this would not be possible without the strong commitment from our Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Pillar partner Syngenta Canada. They have been instrumental in helping young 4-H’ers take a hands-on approach in learning about their role in a sustainable agriculture and food security and the overall health of the environment.”

4-H Canada’s partnership with Syngenta Canada is helping to ensure that 4-H members across the country are not only learning about the importance of pollinators, but also actively helping to create and promote healthy pollinator populations across the country. The Proud to Bee a 4-H’er initiative has proven to be an incredible way to engage all Canadians in conversations about sustainable food, the environment, and the agricultural sector.

“This partnership with 4-H Canada continues to promote the importance of pollinators and is actively helping to create healthy pollinator habitats,” says Dr. Paul Hoekstra, Stewardship and Policy Manager with Syngenta Canada. “We continue to be amazed by the high level of interest and engagement that 4-H clubs across the country bring to this initiative.”

Support for Proud to Bee a 4-H’er by Syngenta Canada is through its Operation Pollinator program, which is focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators given their essential role in agriculture and nature.

​​​​​​​For additional information and resources regarding Proud to Bee a 4-H’er, visit https://4-h-canada.ca/proudtobee