Polli*NATION Festival 2017 was a blast ...stay tuned for upcoming events.
BANDS . CRAFT BEERS . SOCIABLE CIDER . FOOD TRUCK TALENTS . BEE SCIENCE . INSTALLATION ART ON A GRAND BEE SCALE . GAMES . MINNESOTA POLLINATOR AWARDS . SPECIAL GUESTS . AND MORE..
Kissing Birch Farm, Stillwater | September 10th
POLLINATOR PARK, 517 Owens Street North, Stillwater
2016-2018: Pollinator conservation learning and demonstration area. Only non-toxic pollinator friendly practices used.
NEW SIGNS ARE UP: Pollinator signs designed by Julie Bourman at the Pollinator Park, Ramsey-Grove and Northland pollinator gardens. And thanks to Cedar Pet Clinic, a doggie bag station as well.
NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN: May, 2016: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf.
Bee lawn 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. 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. May 6, 2017 additional clover and fescue was seeded. On May 20, 2017 Creeping thyme plants from Rose Floral added on edges.
Thanks to the generous support of the Saint Paul Garden Club and Patagonia, 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, Butterfly Weed, Creeping Sedum.
Summer, 2016: controlled burn to prepare for seed and plants that provide ground water filtration through a deeper root system. Spring, 2017: Minn Native Landscapes sprayed 2 white vinegar treatments to burn existing plants, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and blue stem. MNL weed wacked and then seeded pioneer mix (bluestem, rye, switchgrass, oats and indian grass). PFA volunteers joined MNL to plant 500 plugs including: Stiff goldenrod, sky blue aster, black-eyed susan, common milkweed, harebells, wild bergamot, golden alexander, compass plant, native thistle, clovers, primrose, cup plant, hoary vervain and more.
THE SHORT PRAIRIE - Begins July-August, 2017 with Prairie Restorations, on the prairie habitat and pollinator trail. The existing sod will be removed, and native prairie flower seeds and grasses will be spread by hand. We should see some lovely grasses and flowers in this Fall, but the real show will thrive the second year.
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.
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.
POLLINATOR CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS
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.
2017 Pollinator Friendly Calendar
9/10/2017Polli*NATION Festival- Pollinator party of the year. Music, art, food trucks, performance, beer, games, bands, and a whole lotta pollinator goings on. Kissing Birch Farm, Stillwater.
Fall, 2018 TBD. Pollinator Park prairie installation.
Winter, 2018 TBD. Pollinator Protection Summit. Register under BEE IN THE KNOW for updates.