Throughout August and September we assembled the project team, including staff and volunteers from both Grow Native Massachusetts and Waltham Fields Community Farm. Our work included site assessment, running soil tests, design and plant selection, plant procurement (always an interesting process when working with native plants) and overall project planning.
September 25 – Planting Day!
With our dedicated volunteer group (appropriately social distanced and masked) we finished our site preparation and pre-weeding work, and installed our garden full of native pollinator plants— emphasizing species of special value to bumblebees because of their importance to pollinating so many vegetable and fruit crops. We planted hundreds of plants representing approximately 25 species on this site of approximately 900 square feet. All in one day!
October 6 – A Lessons Learned Webinar
Together with the Farm, we are excited to document our combined efforts and results, creating a case study that can be used to educate our communities about the process of establishing a native plant pollinator garden, and to help more people understand the connections between native plant landscapes and organic farming. All donors to the Ecology Challenge were invited to this webinar to thank you, discuss the project in detail, show you the before and after, and share the lessons learned!