Easton Pollinator Pathway Portal

Welcome to Easton’s Pollinator Pathway Project portal! A learning community where we gather to learn how to create pollinator-friendly spaces! Learn about planting native plants, why  we are rethinking our lawns,  and cultivating our gardens and yards without the use of Pesticides/Herbicides to support pollinator and human health.  Scroll down to find resources! 

Dig in where you are planted -- Get started in your own yard or open space!

Re-think your Lawn - Avoid Pesticides/Herbicides - Cultivate Plants Native to our Region

 

Many in Easton want a yard that nourishes and fosters pollinator health and a beautiful space for the kids to play, areas of privacy, and maybe even a vegetable garden. That is what the Pollinator Pathway is all about -- learning and implementing strategies for making this happen. Please visit this site often. We are here with resources and programming to help you. You will learn about how removing invasive plants, re-establishing plants native to our region (see Ecotype project in resource section) and refraining from the use of pesticides and herbicides is key to providing essential food and shelter to our native pollinators and wildlife who are dependent on this delicate food web for survival. ​Consider adding pollinator-friendly practices to your landscape maintenance and gardening practices. Learn how and where to buy native plants - starting with a single plant or tree can make a difference! Whether you are an avid gardener and care for your own yard, hire others to do it for you, or fall somewhere in between, come learn about how to grow and thrive where you and your family are planted!  Our efforts in Easton are underway.  

For more information scroll down to the resources and event section of this portal.  Ready to join the Easton Pollinator Pathway and take the Pledge to make a difference in your our back yard? Contact Jean Stetz-Puchalski

Suggested reading and resources to get you started: 

EVENTS: 

July 2, 2020:  Invitation to attend a free virtual tour of The CT NOFA EcoType Project - Thursday July 2, 5-6:15 pm. Click here to register  

Join The Ecotype Project of CT NOFA for a virtual tour of the EcoType Project at The Hickories and Highstead with our lead seed collector, Geordie Elkins and founder plot coordinator at The Hickories, Jean Linville. Learn why we collect wild seed and how we grow ecotype plants to make them available to you! Come see the places that are fortifying our local lands with these vital native pollinator plants.

June 15, 2020: Free webinar featuring Mary Ellen Lemay of the Aspetuck Land Trust discussing bringing Biodiversity to Your Yard. Time: 7pm to 8pm. Click to register Bring Back Biodiversity to Your Yard

 

Native Plant Sales: 

Fall  2020 Native Plant in Easton: June 2020 Native Plant sale a great success -- stay tuned for Fall dates  for  Aspetuck Land Trust’s Native Plant Sale. Peek at what sold: Easton ALT Ecotype ALT Plant sale with pick up at Gilberties Farm 

 Choices:

  • Native Garden Kits, with planting plans and directions.

  • Gilbertie's Organics native herb packs, for patio pots and planting. A group of six pollinating herb plants; Bronze Fennel, Mother of Thyme, Pineapple Sage, Broad Leaf Mountain Mint, Emerald Towers Basil, Forever Blue Lavender

  • Native shrubs and native trees

May 27, 2020: Webinar at 10:30 AM Wednesday, May 27,  learn more about why planting natives is so important to safeguarding our local ecosystems and food supply. And how to do it! Register for the webinar today. 

May 13, 2020: 10:00 AM via Zoom: Register for PLANT FOR THE QUEENS.

Next in the Aspetuck Land Trust Native Pairings Series: Plant for the Queens 

In early spring our native queen bumblebees begin to emerge from the ground after their long winter slumber in search of those early spring bloomers like blueberry, willow, cherry, maple, dogwood, redbud. Learn how to integrate these early season plants into your landscape for the queens! Without the nectar and pollen from these early blooming plants, our native bee populations can’t survive to create the next generation of fuzz balls we love to see in our yards. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, relax, unwind and learn how to plant your garden for our native bees.  Plant for the Queen’s speakers Emily May, Bee Conservationist from the Xerces Society, and Jim Sirch, Education Coordinator and Native Plant Guru from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will teach us how to enjoy Spring at home and help the bees in this lecture that people are buzzing about!

May Pollinator Pathway Workshop available via Zoom!  Free and open to the public. Learn about the Pollinator Pathway initiative, how to start your own pollinator garden and how to buy native plants  that are untreated and support pollinator health. Come away with a few simple steps you can take in your own yard, community garden, or farm to become more pollinator friendly.  

Workshop Facilitators:

Dina Brewster, Executive Director, CT NOFA + founding farmer at The Hickories Farm, Ridgefield, CT

Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust Green Corridor Initiative + H2H – Hudson to the Housatonic Conservation Partnership Facilitator

Jean Stetz-Puchalski, Conservation Chair, Easton Garden Club + founding member of the Easton Pollinator Pathway

Louise Washer, President, Norwalk River Watershed Association + Pollinator Pathway Steering Committee