The Corcoran Pollinator Project is a grassroots neighborhood initiative in Minneapolis that aims to increase urban biodiversity via a crop mob model in which neighbors help each other install new pollinator gardens with plants donated by other neighbors. We work in collaboration with Corcoran GROWS, our neighborhood Transition Town organization. As of July 2019 we have installed 30 gardens with more than 50 different species of perennial pollinator plants donated by close to 20 neighbors. For more about why we are doing this, we highly recommend Doug Tallamy’s 2009 book Bringing Nature Home, which shows how restoring native plants to our landscapes is essential for sustaining the web of life.
We are looking for sites for new gardens for 2019! We also need people who would like to donate plants, help with a garden installation, or help with outreach or mapping (and we are accepting donations of tools and yard waste bags). This is a fun way to meet gardeners in the neighborhood, learn about gardening, and receive beautiful free plants that help the bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.