Looking for spaces to plant 200 pollinator patches and 150 trees throughout Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is looking to plant pollinator habitat and trees on commercial and multifamily residential (four-plex or larger) property and community space throughout Minneapolis over the next two years with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The pollinator patches are hexagonal (honeycomb) raised beds built of sustainably harvested cedar and willow fence panels, each containing eight to 11 native, neonicotinoid-free plants. (Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to kill pollinators.) Property owners or managers must help with the installation and commit to ongoing maintenance including watering and weeding, and not treating the surrounding area with pesticides or insecticides. Pollinator patch hosts will also receive an educational packet about pollinators.

Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of habitat coupled with a simultaneous large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers. Pollinators are a necessary component of a healthy ecosystem and food system, providing pollination of plants needed to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits. Local food production is needed to improve the health and food security of Minneapolis residents, and insect pollination is an essential component of local food production.

The pollinator patches are an initiative of The Beez Kneez education and advocacy program, Healthy Bees, Healthy Lives, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis.

Learn more about pollinators and pollinator patches, the Minneapolis pollinator-friendly resolution and how avoiding pesticides and choosing plants free of systemic insecticides protects our important pollinators. Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees.

Interested in hosting a pollinator patch or pollinator-friendly tree? Contact Tiana Cervantes at EnvServicesInfo@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3515.

Published Jul 12, 2016