Help protect bees and butterflies, get free seeds
National Pollinator Week June 18-24
Find ways you can help pollinators, and get free seeds during Pollinator Week June 18-24. 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. 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.
Watch and share this video about helping protect our food supply by helping pollinators.
Find more details on ways you can help pollinators 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/sustainability/homegrown/farmersmarkets. You can also follow the Farmers Markets of Minneapolis on Facebook.
June 18, 2018
Published Jun 18, 2018