Get fun resources to help protect bees and butterflies in National Pollinator Week June 19-25
Join in the activities for Pollinator Week June 19-25 and get fun resources to help out our bees and butterflies. One-third of the food and drink produced in the U.S. depends on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We need healthy pollinators for healthy communities in Minneapolis, a healthy ecosystem and a healthy food supply.
From garden tours to a camping trip, from plantings to expert lectures, Pollinator Week is buzzing with activity. Most of the events are free. You can pick up free “seedles” at any Minneapolis farmers market (while supplies last) during Pollinator Week. Seedles are wildflower seed balls that help provide healthy plants – food and shelter for pollinators – in your yard and boulevard.
Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of plants that feed and shelter them combined with a large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers. Neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides have been shown to kill and weaken bees and other pollinators.
When doing yard work, avoid pesticides that poison bees and butterflies, and if you buy plants, make sure they haven’t already been treated. You can also help by landscaping or gardening with the kinds of plants that nourish pollinators.
Find details on the Pollinator Week events and resources closer to the date at www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees.
Find more information about the seedles and Minneapolis farmers markets (including a map and open times of each market) at www.minneapolismn.gov/farmersmarkets. You can also follow the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis on Facebook.
Published Jun 13, 2017