Mass. (WWLP) – State environmental agencies are partnering with nurseries to distribute native pollinator garden starter kits.
The goal; to plant wildflower seeds to promote pollinators. This is the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s third annual Growing Wild Massachusetts initiative.
DCR, along with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association will provide planting resources. If you are interested in growing wild, request a free starter kit on plantsomethingma.org.
Over 45% of agriculture in the state relies on pollinator species for crop pollination and food production.
“DCR is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Commonwealth’s precious natural resources including our pollinators – which play an essential role in our efforts to maintain a healthy and thriving ecosystem,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “We are thrilled to be launching our third year of the Growing Wild initiative and we hope to inspire more families to take an active role in helping us preserve these important members of our ecology.”
“Pollinators are a critical part of a vibrant ecosystem,” said MDAR Commissioner Ashley Randle. “We encourage Massachusetts residents to get involved and be an active part of the ecological system that produces our food and resources. We’re proud to once again be part of Growing Wild to help our residents support and preserve our environment.”
“Bigelow Nurseries is proud to be one of 18 nurseries across the Commonwealth who is participating in this year’s Growing Wild movement,” said Pat Bigelow, President of Bigelow Nurseries and Former President of MNLA. “This year’s program will put 1,900 native pollinator garden starter kits into gardens around the Commonwealth and help introduce more Massachusetts residents to the joy of gardening for a good cause.”