Hello friends! The Pollinator Pathway is participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event! Today, May 15 only, any funds you donate to the Pollinator Pathway will be ‘stretched’ with a match from the Seattle Foundation. If you have always meant to support the project, today is an incredible day to do so!
The gardening party will be at 21st and Columbia today. We will move to 27th and Columbia if we run out of plants to plant at 21st. See you there!
The next work party is May 4 and 5, from 12-4 at 21st and E. Columbia! Please join us next weekend. Snacks and tools provided, but bring gloves if you have ’em, and a container for water/drinks.
Last year, I visited the nursery we had been using for some of our non-native plants. I went on an off day, and was surprised to see enormous, billowing clouds of pesticides being sprayed over the 35 acre nursery. An education in and of itself: for all my care in picking the plants and not using pesticides ourselves, I’d known little about the industry practices of nurseries.
That’s a story for another time, though: what I also saw across the street from the nursery was an organic beekeeping/honey business. I thought, how could they possibly know if their bees aren’t dipping into those pesticides? How do you figure out if honey is organic, anyway?
I’ve been meaning to round up some links on this, and here are a few. The short answer is, organic labels you see on US honey are unregulated. Some follow EU standards (one of the EU requirements is that the surrounding miles around a honeybee hive are pesticide free), but some follow USDA organic standards for livestock (which doesn’t make much sense). Organic standards on imports are based on the country of origin.
Here are some good overviews. http://livingmaxwell.com/organic-honey-certified
And the USDA site: http://goo.gl/mCVNp
This remains my favorite article on explaining the other story of pollinators; not the honeybee, whose decline alarms in relationship to our food supply, but the 90% of the world held up by native plants and pollinators, whose complex relationships form the basis of ecosystems, and without which, our systems would not last.
Walkability and pollination? Not an easy one to explain how they go hand in hand, but they do. Thoughtfully designed human space combined with connected wild landscapes is key to supporting humanity and nature.
Project for Public Spaces recently charted the walkability of all 50 state DOT offices in the US using Walkscore.com and found that the average score is a 67.4 — a “D” grade. Here’s a slideshow of the least-walkable DOT offices in the country: http://www.pps.org/blog/what-you-see-is-what-you-get/
Hello there! It is spring, and the Pollinator Pathway seeks new Garden Adopters for the 2013 year. Garden Adopters ‘adopt’ a garden on the project and care for it for the growing season (usually from April to September). Please send a message if you’re interested to email@example.com
Just wanted to share these wonderful installation photos of the Portal to the Pollinator Pathway- shot this summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park by the talented Robert Wade: http://rw.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000aNKQu0pPoL4/C0000pxsT3P6pK6o?start=
The Seattle Art Museum commissioned this piece and it is meant to share (and act as a ‘portal’ to) the larger project of the Pollinator Pathway. The installation explains the project, touching on the history of the honeybee (the creature most people think of when they think of pollinators, and a primary commercial crop pollinator), native pollinators and plants (that make up 90% of the planet’s plant life, and form the complex relationships that provide the potential for human dominated land systems) and on the landscape re-patterning that, along with human endeavor, is the focus of the project.
This installation will be up at the Sculpture Park until mid January- do come by and take a look.
Extra thanks to Jake, Nicole, Don, Nick and Isabelle for their help with the installation.
The project is resting for winter and will resume in early spring.
I’m out of town for the winter, working on (related, but under wraps) creative projects. While I’m gone, the wonderful Julia is doing a little planting at several locations, mostly Martin Luther King and Columbia; if you’d like to lend her a hand just drop me a note. Otherwise, please check back in in spring-I have our order in with the grower and we’ll be digging new gardens on the project then!
The Pollinator Pathway is now going on five years, and it has grown so much. 19 gardens have been planted on the mile long corridor, and we are now also building a base knowledge of what native pollinators are here through the monitoring work of entomologist Erin Sullivan. This year the Pollinator Pathway was the subject of a class at the UW, and is represented at both the Seattle Art Museum *and* at the Olympic Sculpture Park. I couldn’t be prouder. Big thanks to the many people who have built and helped maintain the gardens over these years, and of course, all the homeowners on Columbia Street, where the Pollinator Pathway is located. Talk with you in early spring.
Come on over and help with the planting party! We’ll be at 21st and Columbia.
If by some miracle we get done early, we’ll go to MLK and Columbia.
Corner of 21st and Columbia, 11-4! See you there! Bring gloves if you have them, otherwise we have you covered.