Friends of Granby Wildflower Meadow
A Native Plant & Pollinator Project
The Friends of Granby Wildflower Meadow is a non-profit organization maintaining the town-owned 4.5 acre plot of land at 175 Salmon Brook Road. Our goal is to encourage native plant populations in support of pollinators and the wider ecosystem. Please look for our of our local talks, or reach out to us for more information.
March 11th 6-8pm
Sip & Socialize Fundraiser
Support two amazing organizations – Friends of Granby Wildflower Meadow and the woman-owned distillery, Hartford Flavor Company, in one fantastic event. We’ll sip, socialize, and talk wildflowers to raise funds for more great work in our meadow and education programming.
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Why are Native
Over the past 30 years, the world’s pollinators – birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and small mammals – have been declining at a disturbing rate. Considering that our food crops rely on pollination, human existence is tied to that of the pollinators, making their decline as important to us as it is to them.
According to the USDA, “our nation’s pollinator populations have suffered serious losses due to invasive pests and diseases, such as mites and viral and fungal pathogens, exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of species and genetic diversity, and changing climate.” Many species of pollinators are now extremely rare or nearly extinct. Albert Einstein once said that “if bees disappear, humans would have four years to live.”
To combat this life-threatening problem, Seattle artist Sarah Bergman began what she called a “pollinator pathway,” a one-mile-long, 12-foot wide corridor of pollinator-friendly native gardens to sustain pollinators. The idea has spread, with way stations running from Maryland to Vermont, from Oregon to Ontario. Roadsides, bike paths, private yards, public parks, churches, and business properties have been transformed from grass lawns into native wildflower gardens, each creating a link along the pollinators’ migratory chain.
In Granby, a project is underway to transform a town-owned fallow field into a major link along this chain. Now named the Granby Wildflower Meadow, the 5-acre parcel, located along RT10/202 just south of the town center, is slated to be over-seeded with native flowering plants late this fall. Plant plugs will be placed in the meadow to augment the seeds by anyone willing to help next Spring.
"If bees disappear, humans would have four years to live."
- Albert Einstein
What Can You Do at Home?
Small changes can make a big difference. In the United States, there are over 4M acres of land in our backgrounds – more than many national parks combined! If we all commit to making small changes, together we will make a big impact. Here are some things you can do in your own backyard:
*See the FAQ to understand why these things matter!
The Granby Wildflower Meadow
The Granby Wildflower Meadow is a 5-acre piece of land that the Town of Granby is allowing us to plant as a native wildflower meadow. It is located at 175 Salmon Brook Street, across from Maple View Farm, just south of the Center.
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