YOU CAN HELP SOLVE THE POLLINATOR PROBLEM
More than three-quarters of the world’s food crops benefit from animal pollination – the bees and other creatures whose help we need to be able to produce many of the foods we eat. Unfortunately, both honeybees and many species of native bees are in trouble. Populations of both are in sharp decline due to pesticide use, disease and parasite problems, and loss of food and nesting habitat. Many kinds of butterflies and other wild pollinators are also in jeopardy. This is why it’s so important to learn about and do all we can to protect all kinds of pollinators. Plants need pollinators – and we need plants!
SIGN UP TODAY with a pledge to go Wild For Pollinators and get a sign for your garden.
WILD FOR POLLINATORS
The Wild for Pollinators initiative is a collaboration between Vermont Community Garden Network, The Intervale Center, and KidsGardening.org that is raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and promoting the creation of more pollinator habitat across Vermont. We are encouraging homeowners, schools, and businesses to preserve permanent wild spaces for pollinator-friendly habitat, or to create landscapes and/or container gardens with plants and gardening practices that benefit pollinators. The initiative also highlights and increases awareness of all of the great organizations working to promote pollinator conservation in Vermont.
To learn more about the initiative and how people can get involved check out the Wild for Pollinators website.
Already know about the initiative and want to sign up? Fill out the registration form and do your part to help save the pollinators. The initiative is focused on Vermont, but also encourages others to join! To cover the costs of the sign, shipping, and administration, we ask out-of-state participants to pay $20.
Creating pollinator habitat on your property is a great opportunity for education and community building: school yards can transformed into outdoor classrooms, businesses lawns into an easy way to give back, and Community Gardens can create a shared growing space.
Planning Your Pollinator Garden
If you would like to plan a garden or landscape that benefits pollinators follow these simple steps or read Professor Sorensen’s guide on how to plant a pollinator garden. If you’re a school interested in making your pollinator landscape into an educational opportunity, learn more about how to plan your landscape with pollinators in mind and create lesson plans to go along with your pollinator habitat.