Celebrate National Pollinator Week 2019; find ways to help pollinators and get free seeds
Find ways you can help pollinators, and get free seeds during Pollinator Week June 17-23. 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.
You can pick up free “seedles” at certain Minneapolis farmers markets (while supplies last) during Pollinator Week June 17-23. 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 more details on ways you can help pollinators at www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees.
Published Jun 11, 2019