this winter, Leave Your Gardens Up

In Minnesota, we have a long period of time when plant life is dormant. Gardens in the winter provide an environmentally sound alternative to a barren, cold landscape devoid of life. Overwintered gardens are very important habitat for pollinators. Native bees nest in dried stalks of plants and birds feed on the seeds and fruits. Many native plant species rely on re-seeding to sustain themselves. Intact gardens help to filter water runoff, keeping our water cleaner and replenishing our aquifers.  

Amazing good  - polli*nation 2016

If you were lucky enough to spend the absolute best Minnesota day on the farmy Stillwater festival grounds, you can relive a bit below.  If you were unlucky and missed Polli*NATION 2016....stay tuned for 2017!


PHASE I . NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN:  May, 2016: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside Landscape completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf. The bee lawn was seeded with Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) 3.6 oz. (7.5 Tbs)/1000 sf, Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) 1 oz (2 Tbs)/1000 sf, White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) 3.2 oz. (7 Tbs)/1000 sf. Thanks to the generous support of the St. Paul Garden Club, the flower garden is abound with pollinators: Wild Bergamot, Rough Blazingstar, Yellow Headed Coneflower, Joe-Pye Weed, Compass Plant, Oxe-eye, New England Aster, Fragrant Hyssop, Heartleaf Golden Alexander, Meadowrue, Prairie Smoke, Butterfly Weed.  After the first snow fall Nov. 2016, we overseeded the clover bee lawn with a seed mix of creeping fescues and hard fescues for diversity and resilience in the lawn.

PHASE II . THE SLOPE - Watch for little blue stem and milkweed on the slope thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda and Minnesota Native Landscapes.  On July, 2016 our partners at Minnesota Native Landscapes began removing the existing vegetation in preparation for new plants and seed. MNL sprayed 2 non-toxic white vinegar treatments to the slope to burn out the existing plants, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and big blue stem.  The Stillwater Fire Dept. controlled burned the slope. The next step is seeding with little blue stem, milkweed and a slope enhancement  mix.

1.  WILD BEES (Xerces Society), 2. POLLINATOR HABITAT ON FARMS (Blue Tree Fruit Farm & Xerces Society), 3. AMERICA'S FLYWAY (Izaak Walton League), 4. PESTICIDES & POLLINATORS . CAN WE CO-EXIST (Dr. Vera Krischik with Lex Horan of Pesticide Action Network), 5. RETHINKING URBAN HABITATS (Bob Engstrom & Minnesota Native Landscapes)

New Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Support Pollinator Friendly Alliance


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR  Consider joining our amazing team of organizers and volunteers for this volunteer driven non profit conservation organization.  The VC plays an important and integral role in fundraising, awareness programs, gardening workshops and our big annual festival. The ideal candidate is positive, self-motivated, outgoing, confident, and articulate. The coordinator will motivate and organize volunteers. This is a professional, goal-oriented position great for resume building and community connectedness. Personal rewards are many as we work together to make our world a better place for pollinators and people too.  

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR    The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is a fast growing and active non profit conservation group based in the St. Croix River Valley. We have an amazing core of staff, volunteers and partnering pollinator champions. The CC is an important member of our organization and is responsible for documentation and the organization of Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Keeping the public, board, key positions and volunteers updated and informed.  This key position is the support system that keeps things running smoothly.  Duties include: maintains records and documentation of organization and activities, coordinates meetings and writes minutes, oversees communication among staff, board and public, helps coordinate major events, maintains email list and sends email blasts, special projects and research, maintains education materials inventory and presentation list.

Learn pollinator advocacy and community organizing work alongside a progressive conservation group. Everyone is concerned about pollinators and we are helping community to make a difference locally and at the state level.  Our interns perform a variety of tasks including social media, advocacy, administrative, design, email database, letter writing, attending events, and more.  

2016 Pollinator Friendly Calendar

11/12/16: PFA Educational Table at Bee Research Center, U of M for Honey Bee Keeping Classes. 1130 am - 2 pm.

11/15/16: PFA Educational talk at Izaak Walton League Annual Wabasha Meeting, 7 PM.10/25/16.

12/17/-12/18/16:  PFA Experts at Patagonia Store, 1648 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. 12/17 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, 12/18 from noon to 4:00 pm.  Stop by and say hello to your Pollinator Friendly folks.

1/2017:  Polli*NATION Planning Meeting TBA

1/2017:  PFA Board Retreat