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On December 16 at 11:00 am we’re joining Pollinator Friendly and other pollinator champions to deliver letters urging the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to ban neonics. Join us to to show your support of a clean habitat for pollinators and a clean environment for us all. Write a letter (see sample here) and/or come along with us to the Department of Agriculture on December 16th. This is our opportunity to urge the State of Minnesota to ban neonics and help save our pollinators. Click here for more details on the Dec. 16th event.
The honeybees and pollinators are dying in huge numbers and not recovering. Pollinators do the good work of pollinating most of our food like melons, apples, berries, squash, broccoli, and buckwheat. They are also a key element in our ecosystem pollinating plants, flowers, shrubs and trees.
Called the new DDT, neonicotinoids not only kill pollinators, but are also found in water and soil samples and studies show that they are impacting birds, fish and invertebrates. Some countries and US cities have responded by banning neonicotinoids.
The Pollinator Friendly of Stillwater is working with the City to implement a three part initiative to save the pollinators:
1) Eliminate neonicotinoid pesticide use;
2) Plant pollinator friendly plants;
3) Educate the public about what they can do to help. If your organization would like a pollinator talk, or you would like to help Pollinator Friendly, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not an option to stand idle…we have no more time left to save our pollinators. People everywhere are concerned about losing their primary food source and disrupting the ecosystem. What makes our natural world healthy and beautiful depends on our pollinators. - Laurie Schneider, organizer of Pollinator Friendly
Be a Pollinator Champion:
-Plant bee lawns with high mowing clover instead of high maintenance chemically treated lawns.
-Use pollinator friendly plants in your landscape.
-Choose a mixture of plants for spring, summer and fall that offer pollen or nectar.
-Buy organic, sustainable, local and free of pesticides.
-Eliminate pesticide use.
-Accept some plant damage on plants.
-Leave dead tree trunks and wood nesting areas for bees and beetles.
-Provide toxic-free water & shelter for bees and pollinators.
-Don’t mow roadsides or hedgerows, instead leave native plants for forage.
-Support pollinator conservation – join Pollinator Friendly.
Mississippi Market announced the winners of their grant awards at their annual member-owner meeting on October 30, 2014. Mississippi Market had $30,088 slated for awards. Co-op member-owners voted for which organizations would share in the grant. The following organizations will receive a grant from Mississippi Market:
Frogtown Farm - $12,546
Frogtown Farm is the vision of longtime Frogtown residents. For several years, Frogtown Farm has worked in concert with members of the community, The Trust for Public Land, the City of St. Paul and the Wilder Foundation to acquire a 12.7-acre parcel of land for a public park, of which 5.5 acres will be developed as an urban farm. Throughout the past year, Frogtown residents have played a central role in designing the future farm, which will be developed in phases over the next few years and will continue to engage, involve, and be shaped by community members at each step of the way. Frogtown Farm will be a hub for a healthy food system that fills gaps in food production, storage, manufacturing, and distribution.
Hmong American Farmers Association - $7,732
The Hmong American Farmer Association (HAFA) is a membership based, social justice minded nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. The mission of the organization is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ markets. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers to create a path to wealth creation, not just income generation. HAFA was started by and is led by Hmong American farmers and uses an organizing approach to do its work.
Midwest Food Connection – $9,808
Midwest Food Connection (MFC) sends educators into elementary school classrooms to teach about healthy eating, local foods, as well as sustainable and organic agriculture. MFC empowers elementary school children to make healthy and responsible food choices. MFC’s five-year plan includes expanding their education services to middle schools.
Mississippi Market is proud to support these organizations as each of these exemplifies the co-op’s mission of creating positive change in our community by influencing the production, distribution & enjoyment of food:
• Frogtown Farm will serve as a model for multi-cultural community and a catalyst for economic development, wealth creation, community pride, and sustainability.
• Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, the Hmong American Farmers Associations works with Hmong farmers to create a path to wealth creation, not just income generation.
• The Midwest Food Connection provides children with opportunities to study, taste and enjoy natural and organic foods.