Jodi Helmer | An Island Press Author

Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer writes about food, farming, business, pets, and health. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, Hemispheres, Civil Eats, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Farm Life, WebMD, Health, CNNMoney, and Guardian Sustainable Business. She is the author of four books, including The Green Year and Farm Fresh Georgia. Helmer also teaches writing workshops, offer one-on-one consulting, and speaks at journalism conferences to help other writers achieve their goals. When not writing, she grows vegetables and raises bees – while trying to keep a pack of rescue dogs (and the occasional foster) from poking their noses in the beehive or stealing ripe strawberries from the garden. She splits her time between Charlotte and Boone, North Carolina.
 

Protecting Pollinators: Nurturing Sustainable Communities with Pollinator Gardens

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Without pollinators, like bees and butterflies, the world would be a dull and bland place. How can we make sure these creatures are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us? And how does their presence make our communities more...

Without pollinators, like bees and butterflies, the world would be a dull and bland place. How can we make sure these creatures are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us? And how does their presence make our communities more sustainable overall?

Join us for a conversation about turning areas historically dominated by invasive species into vibrant pollinator habitats. See why these pollinators are so important not just to our natural world, but to our local neighborhoods as well. And, get perspectives from project leaders that successfully created thriving pollinator gardens in their local communities.

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This webinar is co-hosted by ioby and Island Press.

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Jodi Helmer at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's First Tuesday Talk

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 12:00pm EDT
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012
United States

We depend on pollinators for one-third of the food we eat (and most of the plants we grow in our gardens) but half of 200,000 pollinator species are threatened. North Carolina environmental journalist Jodi Helmer...

We depend on pollinators for one-third of the food we eat (and most of the plants we grow in our gardens) but half of 200,000 pollinator species are threatened. North Carolina environmental journalist Jodi Helmer, author of Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World, will share information about the threats pollinators are facing and what we can do in our gardens to support birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinator species.

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Jodi Helmer at Powell's

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:30pm PDT
1005 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
United States

Join us at Powell's City of Books to hear Jodi Helmer and pick up a signed copy of Protecting Pollinators!

We should thank a pollinator at every meal. These diminutive creatures fertilize a third of the crops we eat. Yet half of the 200,000 species of pollinators are threatened. Birds, bats, insects, and many other pollinators are disappearing, putting our entire food supply in jeopardy. In North America and Europe, bee populations have already plummeted by more than a third and the population of butterflies has declined 31 percent.

Protecting Pollinators explores why the statistics have become so dire and how they can be reversed. Jodi Helmer breaks down the latest science on environmental threats and takes readers inside the most promising conservation initiatives. Efforts include famers reducing pesticides, cities creating butterfly highways, volunteers ripping up invasive plants, gardeners planting native flowers, and citizen scientists monitoring migration. 

Along with inspiring stories of revival and lessons from failed projects, readers will find practical tips to get involved. They will also be reminded of the magic of pollinators—not only the iconic monarch and dainty hummingbird, but the drab hawk moth and homely bats that are just as essential. Without pollinators, the world would be a duller, blander place. Helmer shows how we can make sure they are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us.