Northside Pollinator Project

The Northside Pollinator Project aims to replace conventional grass lawns with plantings that will beautify the community, improve water quality, and protect our bees and butterflies.  All residents of the Harrison, Jordan, and Willard-Hay neighborhoods are eligible to participate in this project – INCLUDING RENTERS!  Project participants will receive a FREE 75 square foot garden by participating in this project.

Harrison, Jordan, and Willard-Hay are classified as environmental justice (EJ) neighborhoods, or areas that experience harmful environmental conditions but don’t have projects in place to address these issues.  A focal point of this project will be on equitable engagement, where we are investing resources to recruit project participants that are representative of the area.  If you would like to get involved in this project, please select the category that is most applicable to you for additional information.

Funding for this project is provided by the Lawns to Legumes program through the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission.

Stakeholder


Stakeholders are local neighborhood organizations or leadership groups with strong, intimate connections with the residents within the community.  We want to partner with local stakeholders to help us recruit block captains and project participants.  Block captains are residents who not only want to participate in the project and receive a free garden planting, but they will also agree to help Metro Blooms and stakeholder organizations recruit additional residents on their block to participate in the Lawns to Legumes project.  Stakeholders will help Metro Blooms recruit at least 2 block captains in their neighborhood, with an emphasis on equitable engagement.  Compensation can be provided by Metro Blooms to stakeholders as needed.  Resources for stakeholders can be found at the following link.  If you are interested in serving as a stakeholder on this project, please email Yordanose@metroblooms.org.

Block Captain

Block Captains are local residents who not only agree to participate in the project, but also agree to recruit at least 4 neighbors on their block or the block across the street as project participants.  Furthermore, block captains will serve as a point of communication between residents on their block and Metro Blooms.  After recruiting interested individuals, block captains will co-host a (virtual!) block party with Metro Blooms to discuss the project in further detail. All project participants receive free garden plantings by participating in this project.  If you are interested in serving as a block captain please email Yordanose@metroblooms.org.

Project Participants

All project participants will receive a free, 75 square foot garden by participating in the Lawns to Legumes Bassett Creek project.  These gardens will provide high quality food for pollinators and help to improve local water quality while beautifying the neighborhood.  We also hope that this project will help to build community cohesion among participating neighbors.  Participants will be expected to maintain these plantings well into the future.  An emphasis will be placed on teaching participants how to remove weeds and how to properly water a planting. If you are interested in serving as a block captain please email Yordanose@metroblooms.org.