Our “Bee Patches” program increases pollinator habitat plantings by direct action with kids making on-the-ground change. The project relies on citizen and youth education, training, and community participation to achieve our goal of protecting and enhancing pollinator habitat for sustainable agriculture. The “Bee Patches” program is exciting because it works with Girl Scouts to raise public awareness for protecting these small wildlife creatures and the girls get-down-and-dirty as they plant healthy habitat for pollinators. Each Troop partners with a specific farmer, learns about site specific habitat needs, selects plantings from California native plants suitable for that particular site, designs the layout of the patch appropriate for the site, then takes shovels and othert tools to plant the habitat. The girls measure and track the pollinators that visit their patch, and conti ue to groom and maintain the patch. This great program increases outdoor activities of youth and enhances their connection to sustainable farming and ranching. Pollinators are critical to small sustainable farms in Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin and Lake Counties particularly where land uses have removed their habitat and climate change has altered the landscape. Our "Bee Patches" program is a catalyst for change--with the goal of healthy pollinator habitat being embraced at all levels of our community.