Lauren Kelly, New York Field Office, Outreach Coordinator, attended Cornell Cooperative Extension's Seed Swap in Ithaca, NY on April 2nd, 2022 with local Master Gardeners and community members. Lauren shared information regarding pollinators and passed out locally sourced milkweed seeds, a native pollinator friendly plant. The milkweed seeds were harvested by a local farmer, Mr. Brad Grimm and provided to us for the event. Throughout the event, we shared information on plants that pollinators are attracted to, how to plant the seeds properly, and led conversations regarding the importance of pollinators in our world today.
Milkweed is the host plant used by monarch butterflies to lay their eggs and provide food for larvae. That is why it is important to plant milkweed to make sure monarch butterflies and other pollinators continue to thrive.
Thank you to the approximately 150 community members that came out and supported us this year!