The Corcoran + Phillips Pollinator Project helps residents in the Corcoran and Phillips communities of Minneapolis create pollinator habitat in their yards. It provides one-on-one consultations with landscape designers, training on how to care for plantings, plants, mulch, equipment, and labor to help people install bee lawns, pollinator gardens, trees and shrubs — at a very low or no cost. Renters are encouraged to participate! We want to make it affordable for all to participate and continue to integrate equity into our approach to partner and complete projects. This is a community-building project to reach neighborhoods that clean water and habitat funding traditionally has not reached, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. *All residents are welcome to participate.
This project is funded by the state Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Lawns to Legumes program. Partners are Metro Blooms, BWSR, the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and the Corcoran Pollinator Project.
- DEADLINE EXTENDED for sign up: July 10
- July – August: site consultations with landscape designer
- September: projects installed by Metro Blooms’ landscape crew and volunteers
- July and October: online webinar trainings on native habitat and maintenance
If you’re interested in creating pollinator habitat and you are a resident of Corcoran or one of the Phillips neighborhoods, you are eligible! Apply now! Spaces are limited. Here’s how it works:
- Click on this FORM. This will help us better understand your yard and interests.
- If you are chosen, we will contact you to schedule a consultation with one of our landscape designers. We’re tentatively planning consultations toward the end of July, due to the extended sign up (July 10).
- During the consultation, one of our landscape designers will discuss your site with you and determine the best type of pollinator planting as well as size and location.
Questions: Contact Lilah White at email@example.com or 773-937-9757.
Also, if you just want to learn more about protecting pollinators in your yard, here are some additional resources:
- The state Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Lawns to Legumes program provides free online resources to create DIY pollinator habitat gardens, guidelines to establish and maintain native plantings, references to the types and species of plants needed, and much more about soil, location, and how to create pollinator gardens.
- Another opportunity to find help is by attending our online webinars! The Resilient Yard Workshop Webinars provide technical expertise on the types of pollinator-friendly, native pocket plantings, site assessment methods, and tons of helpful information to help you establish your own pollinator garden. Follow the link to register for an upcoming webinar: https://bluethumb.org/events/