Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pollinator Project Passing Out 30,000 Wildflower Seed Packets

Adirondack Pollinator ProojectADKAction 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.


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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

3 Responses

  1. Charlie S says:

    This is very nice what you are doing and surely every little step leads to great strides in helping the bees and butterflies but just think how much less your efforts would be if there was more foresight in those who allow the barrage of poisons sprayed upon them. Or allow big, beautiful fields filled with flowers to be bulldozed over so yet another concrete box or housing development can take it’s place! It is so disheartening all that I see…thank you for shining some light!

  2. Marsha Stanley says:

    Diane, as a member of the AdkAction pollinator committee, I”d like to thank you for your nice article about our project. Just one minor correction. Milkweed is not the monarch’s only food source. It is the only plant on which it lays eggs. Monarchs nectar (feed) on many beautiful blooming flowers, including that of milkweed. Our seed packet is filled with flowers monarchs and bees both love.

    Folks can request that AdkAction mail them seed packets by emailing me at

  3. Diane Chase says:

    Hello Marsha,
    Thank you for the correction. I appreciate that you caught my error that I didn’t include the word “caterpillar.” It should have read “thriving with the Monarch butterfly caterpillars only food source,” which would be the reason the Monarch chooses milkweed to lay their eggs.

    The milkweed you gave us is thriving and we are just waiting for the monarchs. I In the meantime, all sorts of other butterflies and bees are enjoying the wildflowers. (I hope you are well.)

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