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Empower Nature's Heroes: Support Pollinators, Sustain Life! 

Transform a part of your yard into a wildflower haven to protect and nurture your favorite butterflies, birds, bees, and more. 

Eastern Red Columbine, Red Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lan

How to join this program and what it offers 

"Participants will receive the following at no cost:

  • Our specially selected native wildflower seed mix

  • Site-specific recommendations for optimal growth results"

"What are the criteria?

  • Dedicate 100 to 500 sqft of yard space and nurture it as a wildflower plot for 2 years.

  • Ensure the planting site is located within Rensselaer County.

  • Share a photo of your wildflower plot with us!"

"Would you like assistance in choosing a suitable area? Feel free to give us a call, and we'll arrange a site visit to help you select the perfect spot and offer sizing recommendations for your plot." Call Nate Woodworth at (518) 271-1740 to sign up today.

"What's Included in Our Wildflower Seed Mix?"

  • Beard Tongue

  • Black Eyed Susan

  • Blazing Star

  • Brown Eyed Susan

  • Butterfly Weed

  • Eastern Red Columbine

  • Evening Primrose

  • Indian Blanket

  • Lance Leaf Coreopsis

  • New England Aster

  • Ox-Eye Sunflower

  • Partridge Pea

  • Red Milkweed

  • Rigid Goldenrod

  • Spotted Joe Pye Weed

  • Sweet Cone Flower

  • Wild Bergamot

  • Wild Perennial Lupine

Eastern Red Columbine, Red Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, New England Aster, Partridge Pea, Lan

Supporting Pollinators

Pollinator populations in New York are experiencing a troubling decline, attributed to several interrelated factors. Habitat loss, often caused by urbanization and agricultural expansion, reduces the natural areas where pollinators can thrive. Habitat fragmentation further exacerbates this issue by isolating pollinator communities, making it difficult for them to find food and mates. Additionally, the overuse of pesticides in both agricultural and residential settings poses a significant threat, as these chemicals can be toxic to bees, butterflies, and other essential pollinators.

This decline is concerning not only for biodiversity but also for agriculture and local ecosystems. Pollinators are essential for the fertilization of many crops, including fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers. Their dwindling numbers can lead to reduced crop yields and negatively impact food security.

However, there is a way to make a positive impact. By converting portions of your mowed lawn into wildflower areas, you can provide vital habitats and connectivity for pollinators throughout the county. These wildflower patches can serve as oases for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, offering them food and shelter. This initiative can boost pollinator populations, leading to increased productivity of fruit trees, enhanced growth of flower and vegetable gardens, and the flourishing of other local wildflowers. By creating a network of wildflower habitats, we can help stabilize and even increase pollinator numbers, supporting both our environment and agriculture.

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