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News: Greenwich Potlucks Promote Pollinators


April 06, 2018

Three years ago, Greenwich Garden Club offered a Pollinator Potluck that has since burgeoned into a successful series engaging members, family, and friends for free, fun, educational evenings about the importance of native plant pollinators.  

Like-minded conservationists, such as Audubon Greenwich, the author of Beekeeping for Dummies, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, are invited to make presentations. The events are open to the public and promoted in local media to keeps costs low. Meals often complement the topics, such as honey-themed items accompanying the beekeeping speaker. Organic wine tastings are featured, with half of proceeds going toward pollinator preservation efforts.

Five events have been held each year for three years, attracting eighty to a hundred participants each time. The Pollinator Potlucks demonstrate to individuals and the community how their choices can impact the ecosystem, from opting for diversity when planting native species to buying local, seasonal, unprocessed food, and reducing waste.  

Not only are the events having educational and collaborative benefits, Greenwich citizens are being spurred to action. A number of pollinator gardens have sprung up around town on public and private property. The speaker on beekeeping encouraged several attendees to establish hives. The documentary, Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, shown at the January 2017 potluck, sparked a movement to eliminate single-use plastic checkout bags in Greenwich.


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