Program to teach pollinator-friendly planting at Just Roots farm

  • To encourage residents to build more pollinator habitat and teach them how to do so, Greening Greenfield is holding a free “Planting for Pollinators!” event at Just Roots farm.

Staff Report
Published: 9/20/2021 4:29:02 PM

GREENFIELD — To encourage residents to build more pollinator habitat and teach them how to do so, Greening Greenfield is holding a free “Planting for Pollinators!” event at Just Roots farm, 34 Glenbrook Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

According to a Greening Greenfield press release, Amy Pulley of Wing and a Prayer Nursery in Cummington will bring planting kits and will work with attendees to plant two of the kits — the “sunny garden” kit and the “sidewalk strip” kit, both of which are designed to support the most at-risk pollinators — at Just Roots.

“I’m excited that Just Roots has invited us to work with them to build native pollinator habitat on their farm,” Dorothea Sotiros, planner of Greening Greenfield’s Planting for Pollinators! campaign, said in the release. “Our threatened pollinators need support, and I have read that building pollinator habitat on farms has a big impact because it increases both yields and ecosystem health.”

“I’m hoping that our workshop will help build robust pollinator habitat everywhere,” added Elizabeth Erickson, who also works on the campaign. “I am dreaming of many gardens teeming with the native plants insects need to feed and breed. It’s something we all can do locally to make a difference in the disastrous loss of habitat so many species are facing on this planet.”

The garden at Just Roots will serve as an example of what two of the nursery kits will look like. According to the release, Just Roots will use these plants and others to establish native pollinator habitat throughout the farm.

The kits, which consist of a tray of small plants called “plugs,” are also for sale, and can be ordered through Greening Greenfield until Sept 25, while supplies last. The kits will be available for pick-up at the same time as the work.

Participation in the Oct. 2 planting workshop is limited to 15 people, the release states. To register for the workshop or to order a kit, go to bit.ly/3ExwABQ by Sept. 25.

Additionally, the designer of the planting kits, Evan Abramson of Landscape Interactions, will give a webinar called “Designing Biodiversity in the Age of the Anthropocene” on Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. To register, visit bit.ly/3tXjtoP.




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