The Problem: CT’s changed landscape (from meadow to lawn, from farmland to subdivision) poses a threat to the food production that remains in farms and gardens. Crops rely on a robust population of pollinators to bring them into existence. The pollinators rely on native plants. With 19% of CT’s native plants listed as endangered and the remaining populations in declining numbers, we are facing a precipitous decline in our pollinator populations.
The Solution: We must restore native habitat to safeguard our food system. Our initiative exists at the intersection of farms, gardens, land trusts, and public lands: we aim to increase the number of native plants growing in our region. To do this, we are growing seed crops of Connecticut’s native pollinator plants, wild collected from our open-spaces, and bringing them to our nursery growers and homeowners so that we can produce the plants to restore native pollinator habitat.
Thank you to our partners in this work:
A visit from Dr. Vandana Shiva to CT NOFA in May put the wind at our backs – and we have launched our Living Seed Bank Project across the state. Dr. Shiva’s work with Navdanya and her commitment to the protection and cultivation of native seed twins with our initiatives to protect our pollinators.
With the generosity of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant we at NOFA are working, boots on the ground, to install and restore pollinator habitats on farm and gardens across our region.
Living Seed Bank