How to get more plants for the pollinators? Plant more seeds!
And we are doing just that! In 4 hours 9 people transformed an empty space into a productive growing area for 10 pollinator plant species! After making the beautifully lined out beds, we seeded in 7 species of native seeds, all excellent plants for our native pollinators - the Oregon Sunshine, Coyote Mint, and 3 species of Penstemon are all from our Main Street Garden in Phoenix. The Blue Gilia is compliments of the Rogue Native Plant Partnership (RNPP) - many thanks! - and Kyle provided the Bolanders sunflower seed. A week or so later, Clarkia from Kyle and Tarweed from our Garden were seeded in. The last species, Sticky Monkeyflower, will be transplanted in as seedlings growing in trays at The Pollination Place.
Many thanks to the Ashland Food Co-op for funding this project through the 2021 AFC Gives Community Grants Program, to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank for providing the space, and thank you to Biomass One Landscaping Materials and Wood Debris Drop-Off for a sweet discount on the soil.
With extra special thanks to the hardworking team who came out and made it happen - Carolyn Singh, Daniel Jokelson, Cynthia Michaels, Eddie Janisch, Deb Vroman, Alex Myers, Christine Freidel, and Kristina Lefever, led by our excellent teacher, Kyle Poling.
Assuming success, the plants, and later their seeds, will be shared with
the community through plant sales and also garden contributions for our
From Fire to Flowers program.
It was a super fun project and we all learned a lot! We will keep you posted on the progress!
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Kyle and the gang.