6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Lawns to Legumes, Metro Blooms, & Blue Thumb
A zoom presentation by James Wolfin
Minnesota is home to more than 450 native bee species. Pollinators also include butterflies, moths, beetles and native flies. Populations have significantly declined worldwide in recent years due to habitat loss and a lack of related nutrition for pollinators, as well as pesticide use and pathogens. Lawns to Legumes seeks to combat population decline by creating new pollinator habitat and habitat corridors that provide food sources and nesting space for pollinators. The Lawns to Legumes pilot program offers a combination of workshops, coaching, planting guides and cost-share funding to help residents install pollinator-friendly native plantings in residential lawns. The program also seeks to empower communities through demonstration neighborhoods, which are pollinator programs run by local governments and nonprofit organizations with support from BWSR, and a public education campaign to raise awareness about creating pollinator habitat. BWSR is partnering with Metro Blooms and Blue Thumb – Planting for Clean Water to administer the program.
James Wolfin, a sustainable landcare manager at Metro Blooms, helps to administer the Lawns to Legumes program. He works to provide technical assistance to residents across the state, and helps to coordinate program coaches to ensure that residents have access to experts to help them with their projects.