We are hiring for a Gardener + Volunteer Coordinator Position

The Pollinator Pathway seeks a friendly and responsible person for its Gardener +
Volunteer Coordinator position.

The position will be split between two primary tasks: organizing and overseeing our volunteer program (through outreach, coordination
and planned weeding dates) and independently caring for the project (overseeing the gardens, preparing soils and planting areas, weeding beds between planting and maintenance events, communicating with homeowners about their individual gardens, and monitoring the health of the gardens overall) for the duration of the position.

This is a one day per week position from April – November 2014.
$15 per hour.

We seek someone interested in creative urban space reuse with extensive experience and comfort working with volunteers and the public. The ideal candidate will possess advanced gardening skills and a working knowledge of native plants and pollinators. Must have own vehicle.

The Gardener/Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for:
-Organizing and leading a weekly planting and maintenance work party.
-Coordinating volunteer efforts and assisting volunteers in planting and maintaining the gardens.
-Acting as technical advisor and spokesperson for educational event days, leading demonstrations of planting techniques and answering questions.
-Independently overseeing the health of the planted gardens for the duration of contract.
-Weeding planted beds, both with and without the assistance of volunteers or homeowners.
-Communicating recommendations to homeowners in order to ensure overall health of planted areas.
-Responding to community member’s garden and pollinator inquiries.

Please send a resume and a short cover letter outlining your experience and interest by April 4 to: info@pollinatorpathway.com

Woolly Mammoth Diets

The project is still on break, but I’ll be posting from time to time as I pick up interesting and relevant articles in the midst of my work. Here’s one such article, on the diets of woolly mammoths, which, it turns out, were comprised primarily of flowers.


Winter break

The project is sleeping for winter. Every year, we work to plant the last fall plants, do some late fall weeding, and then we let the project rest from December 1 until mid-March. I’m working behind the scenes, making plans for this coming year. Thanks for a great year, all who helped on the project in 2013- and see you in 2014!

Thank you!

Thank you, so very much, to everyone who came out to Shanik last night for the Beauty of the Bees fundraiser. The Pollinator Pathway is especially grateful to Corky Luster of Ballard Bee, who partnered with Shanik for the event, and to Meeru and the entire staff of Shanik who generously donated their time to the evening. I’m incredibly grateful, and inspired.

Thank you!

Shanik Dinner

Shanik Restaurant is hosting a five course dinner, featuring Ballard Bee’s honey, this Sunday, November 17th in support of the Pollinator Pathway and Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. We really couldn’t be more excited- thank you, Meeru and Shanik!

The event is sold out.

Sarah Bergmann working with Cornish College of the Arts

Director Sarah Bergmann is working with Cornish College of the Arts this week in a two part series on design thinking and the Pollinator Pathway; as part of the course, students participate in building the 20th garden on the Pollinator Pathway.

Robin Ginac making a tour of the project's gardens

Excited to report that Robin Ginac, the garden designer on the Pollinator Pathway, will be here this week. Robin will be making a tour of the project’s gardens to look over the designs, now that many of them are a couple of years old. We’ll be touring on Thursday and Friday. If you are a homeowner on the project, and have any questions about your garden (or would just like to say hi) send a message to info@pollinatorpathway.com.

Upcoming lectures in New York and Seattle

Some great lectures are coming up next week in NY and Seattle by The Pollinator Pathway advisors and collaborators.

In Seattle: designer Kristine Matthews, of Studio Matthews will be speaking about her work at the UW next Thursday, Sept 26. The Pollinator Pathway has been working with Studio Matthews for several years, and this should be a phenomenal lecture. https://www.facebook.com/events/169537996568441/?fref=tck

In NYC- biologist Aaron Hirsh is presenting two talks on his book, Telling Our Way to the Sea, Sept 24 and 26. I can’t recommend his book highly enough- and his recent Seattle talk was inspiring, so don’t miss. His site has more details: http://www.tellingourwaytothesea.com