Pollinator Friendly Community
The City of Greenfield is dedicated to responsible land management practices, which includes being recognized as a Pollinator Friendly Community. Greenfield acknowledges the importance of birds, bees, butterflies, bats and other pollinators to local agriculture, ecosystems and economies; and recognizes the recent decline in pollinator populations due to increased use of pesticides, loss of habitat and loss of food supply.
What the City is DoingAs a Pollinator Friendly Community, the City of Greenfield will:
- Support a volunteer-lead Pollinator Protection Committee that will work to:
- Promote safe and healthy pollinator forage habitats in the community.
- Encourage local businesses, schools, neighborhoods and households to adopt pollinator friendly policies and practices.
- Establish pollinator outreach programs and annual environmental education evets.
- Maintain practices and programming necessary for Bee, Bird and Monarch City designations.
- Strive to reduce chemical pesticide use on City properties and curtail lawn mowing practices, wherever possible.
- Consider pollinator-friendly and native trees as part of its community tree selection process.
- Plant Pollinator habitats on public properties.
What Residents Can DoCommunity members are encouraged to help make Greenfield more friendly to pollinators. Here are a few ways community members can make a difference:
- Reduce the use of pesticides in yards.
- Plant native, pollinator-friendly plants and locally grown milkweed.
- Create a rain garden or bioswale in your yard.
- Remove invasive plants and protect native plant communities.
- Plant a pollinator garden and register it as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.
- Mow less often in May to provide food and habitat for bees.
- Convert portions of lawns into wildflower meadows.
Greenfield’s pollinator-friendly programming would not be possible without our generous community sponsors:
Bluemel’s Garden & Landscape Center
Partners of Greenfield Parks & Recreation
Greenfield Beautification Committee
Stein’s Garden & Home
Whitnall Park Rotary Club
Wild Birds Unlimited