ADKAction has spent the past three years helping spread the word out about the importance of milkweed. With the distribution of over 20,000 free seed packets now Adirondack roadsides, gardens, and community parks are thriving with the Monarch butterflies only food source.
According to ADK Action Executive Director Brittany Christenson, the organization began the Milkweed project at the time when the plight of the Monarchs was also receiving a lot of national press. At the time, some people couldn’t even recognize Monarchs, let alone understand that milkweed was the only plant where Monarchs laid eggs.
“The timing of the project was perfect,” says Christenson. “After talking with people we feel that we were able to help get the word out. People are aware of the Monarch’s issue and know what they can do to help. Now we are focusing our attention on a broader range of pollinators.”
AdkAction formed a new partnership with The Wild Center, The Lake Placid Land Conservancy, and Common Ground Gardens to coincide with National Pollinator Week, (June 19-25) called The Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP). Besides providing an array of free movie screenings, workshops, and lectures, APP is passing out over 30,000 pesticide-free wildflower seed packets around the Adirondacks.
“The seed packet is a mixture of annual and perennial wildflowers appropriate to plant in our region,” says Christenson. “There are 27 different varieties inside. We will be passing out the packets at area farmers markets and other locations. This is an ongoing summer project.”
There will also be over 300 displays of the free seed packets located at libraries and other locations around the region. Christenson encourages people to go out and plant wildflowers. The seed mixture is easy to grow and can be either scattered or planted.
“These are all flowers that provide diverse pollen and nectar sources. It’s a mixture of annual and perennial wildflowers, including Adirondack natives, appropriate to plant in our region. This special mix from the Vermont Wildflower Company is completely untreated and pesticide free.”
Now that ADKAction and its many partners have helped to provide a safe habitat for the Monarchs, this next step is to build a better understanding of the importance of pollinators. ADK Action and the Adirondack Pollinator Project continues to demonstrate how one person’s action can make a different and help to inspire others in their communities.
Photo provided by ADKAction.