Pollinator project met its goal – Ashland Tidings – Ashland Tidings

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Photo by Kristina Lefever Pollinator plants grown as part of the From Fire to Flowers program of the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley.
We are very grateful for the tremendous response from the people who participated in the “round up at the register” programs in April at both of our awesome food co-ops. We were blown away by not only the financial support but also the individual connections we made with community members who were impacted by the Almeda fire last September and who care about our native pollinator and plant communities.
Pollinator Project Rogue Valley’s mission is to educate people about the importance of our many species of native pollinators — beyond the honeybee — and how crucial they are for our landscapes, native ecosystems and food systems. The health of pollinators, people, food crops and the land are all intertwined, and there is no better place to highlight this than in our local food co-ops. Purchasing food from growers who follow organic and/or sustainable practices is one of the best ways to help save pollinators — and the planet.
We began our From Fire to Flowers project to help up to 60 community members recover, in one small way, from the tragedy and trauma on that horrible day last September. We have been able to offer two pollinator plants to each fire survivor for which a nomination form was submitted, and our hope is that they will grow and reseed the landscape and help begin to restore both gardens and landscapes with beautiful native plants. Some of these plants are new to gardeners, and our goal is that the recipients and their neighbors will enjoy them as much as we do.
It was amazing to have been the featured organization in both the Positive Change program (Medford Food Co-op) and the Change For Good Program (Ashland Food Co-op) in the same month. We want to highlight and express our appreciation for the support we've received from staff of both of the co-ops, their shoppers and the general public.
It was our community’s generosity that helped make this project possible: 120 one-gallon pots made of ricebran from Eco-forms, plants from Klamath Siskiyou Native Seeds, soil and amendments from the Grange Co-op, and the tremendous design work from Karin Onkka Design and Courtney Buel. We add many thanks to the volunteers who have helped seed, water, weed and more in our gardens.
We have appreciated the opportunities to meet community members at the Rogue Action Center at the Shoppes at Exit 24 and at the New Roots Plant Share, and are very pleased to donate plants to the pollinator gardens at Armadillo Tech Institute and the Phoenix Community Garden.
We will continue to share native pollinator plants with fire-impacted community members as part of the greater effort to help restore the landscape, while we develop additional educational and hands-on learning experiences around native plants and pollinators. And we will soon be packaging seeds from the plants that grew in our garden last year for sale or donation — stay tuned.
Please enjoy this photo album, which captures some of our From Fire to Flowers project, including photos of some of the recipients with their plants, at https://photos.app.goo.gl/BL2y1kAYQooWdeaK7. We still have a few plants available and would welcome getting them out into the community. Information about our From Fire to Flowers project can be seen at www.pollinatorprojectroguevalley.org/from-fire-to-flowers-project
In the meantime, we invite you to visit our garden, either virtually or in person, which is providing so much support to our pollinators right now in downtown Phoenix, at www.pollinatorprojectroguevalley.org/gardens
Thank you again for your support of Pollinator Project Rogue Valley — and your help in bringing back the pollinators.
Kristina Lefever, Cara Cruickshank, Kyle Poling, Cecile Shohet, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley board. Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is a volunteer nonprofit inspiring, connecting and educating people and communities to create and support pesticide-free pollinator habitats full of native plants that provide pollinator corridors between private properties, public spaces, wetlands and wildlands throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond.

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