Taking Local Action to Support Pollinators

Over the past 30 plus years insect and pollinator abundance and diversity have declined worldwide due to pesticide use, climate change and habitat loss. Insects are essential as they not only pollinate wild plants but agricultural crops, they are said to be responsible for one in every three bites of food!

Backyard to Table is excited to support the design and implementation of local pollinator friendly gardens in an effort to enhance local habitat and food-sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife. This spring we welcome Connor Stedman, lead designer at AppleSeed Permaculture back for a Pollinator Friendly Habitat Design Workshop. Connor and colleagues will engage in a systematic design process to plan site-appropriate, easy to establish, pollinator-friendly plantings for attendee’s chosen area of land. After the design phase we hope to support the installation of these gardens through Planting Days, where gardeners can pitch in to help neighbors plant.

We’re also excited to be working with the Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development GIS team to map pollinator-friendly gardens. We hope this will provide a visual to celebrate successes and identify areas of growth as we work towards the eventual goal of creating a contiguous pollinator pathway.

Want to learn more about pollinator decline? Check out Connor Stedman’s presentation from the Rhinecliff Sustainability Series on Backyard to Table’s YouTube channel! “Repairing the Web of Life: Responding to Pollinator Die-off Through Ecological Design.”

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