Well, it’s March. It’s snowing outside and there’s a lot coming down. Just when you think you can start seeing grass…BAM! Go get the shovel. Gotta love MN. Anyways, here’s what the T-dubbers have been working on…
In addition to great food and beer, there’s live music from The Back 40s, Part Time Ex’s and The Wayward McCoys. There’s gonna be a bunch of our pollinator friends from Bare Honey, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, Minnesota Native Landscapes, and Monarch Joint Venture sharing gardening tips! Bridgeman’s Ice Cream will be dishing out cold treats, and there’s even going to be a Pet-a-Corgi pen. What’s a Pet-a-Corgi pen? You’ll have to come to find out.
It’s going to be a lot of fun. The good folks at UG are donating $1 of every flagship pint to TWP to build pollinator habitat. They’re also saving us a keg of Honey IPA, a new release they’re debuting on April 4 at their Pollinator Celebration & Honey IPA Party. So come out and raise a glass for pollinators and celebrate spring with us! The event is free, family-friendly and open to all! Donations gratefully accepted.
Last month, we were able to attend and present at the Best Practices for Pollinators 2018. It was a great event, we met lots of interesting folks working to make the world a better place for pollinators. We fit right in. Hopefully, we have a few new partnerships to announce in the next couple of months. Huge thanks to the Pollinator Friendly Alliance for doing such a wonderful job organizing the event and letting us be a part of it. They do great work and we can’t wait to go back next year.
Recently, we started working with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab and slightly shifted our focus towards native pollinators, like the recently-endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. The Twin Cities fall right in their habitat zone (thank for the map, USFWS). Many of our potential gardens are located in these areas. We’ve already begun incorporating specific flora just for the Rusty Patch in our garden designs, and have signed up for the Bumble Bee Watch, an online tool to record sightings and track populations. If you see a bumble bee at one of our gardens this year, share it with us on our Facebook page. Citizen science is cool.
We have lots of gardens lined up for this spring and we’re super excited to share them with you. If you’re interested in volunteering later this spring at a garden install or with Flores de Mayo, email Habitat Matt. So much fun stuff right around the corner, I can’t wait.
Oh man, I gotta go shovel now.