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Community Read Event: A Passion for Pollinators

Community Read Event: A Passion for Pollinators

Faith Kuehn and Thalia Pappas are passionate about pollinators. As scientists they have developed expertise in the relationship between pollinating insects and the plants that both feed and depend on these insects. Drs. Kuehn and Pappas will talk about their passion for pollinators and how you can create habitat for pollinators no matter how small or large your space. From their work with Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan they have developed widespread knowledge of diverse projects designed for pollinator health. Whether you are a homeowner, farmer, or active community member, this interactive program will help you learn about specific project ideas that can get you started on planting native flowers, shrubs and trees that will beautify your property and support pollinators.

This is event is in conjunction with Longwood Gardens' Community Read for 2018 celebrating the book, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.


Thalia Pappas

Thalia’s current assignment is as a consultant for the Delaware Department of Agriculture, working with Faith Kuehn and Chris Wade to help achieve the goals for Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan. She worked for DuPont Agricultural Products, in research and discovery roles (environmental fate of pesticides, and rice global herbicide discovery program leader), followed by an assignment as a global regulatory manager leading registration teams, and negotiations with regulators to obtain permission to sell commercial Ag. Chem. Products. In her last assignment, she worked in the Industrial BioSciences business as a regulatory manager developing and executing compliance strategies for bio-based chemicals and polymers. Thalia received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Plant Physiology, a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Delaware. 

Faith B. Kuehn

Since October 2001, Faith B. Kuehn has served as Environmental Program Administrator for the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries. Specific program responsibilities include nursery, apiary, noxious weeds, and invasive species. In 2006, the Department received a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant to catalog native bees in Delaware’s vegetable production areas and work with farmers to establish bee conservation practices on their farms. In 2010, Faith began a project to develop community and therapeutic gardens at the State’s Holloway Campus, and Delaware Psychiatric Center. This project has grown to become Planting Hope Urban Farm, with a Campus Market, CSA, Planting Hope Apiary and a program with and Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center. In 2015, she received a grant from the USDA to develop and implement Delaware’s Pollinator Protection Plan. In 2017, together with a Delaware farm family, she received a SARE grant to establish pollinator buffers on their poultry farm. Faith represents Delaware on the National Plant Board.

Faith earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Arizona in 1984, and an M.B.A from the University of Delaware in 1994. Before coming to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Faith worked as Museum Director for the Insectarium in Philadelphia; and in Research, Development, Marketing, and Technical Support positions within E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.’s Crop Protection Division.

One of Faith’s consuming interests is exploring connections between art and the science of insect life. This involves investigating art that reflects the structure, function and cultural connections of insects, with a special emphasis on insect jewelry.