John Root describes the essential roles played by pollinators and other beneficial organisms in our ecosystem and provides guidance on meeting their needs for food, cover and water. A variety of plants that can nourish these organisms throughout their active lifetimes are discussed, and organic methods for establishing pollinator gardens are also presented. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program, and handouts with information about attracting beneficials are offered to participants. Seating is limited, so registration is requested starting May 21, online or at the Reference desk at 860-652-7720.
About the presenter: In addition to his work as a Certified Organic Landscape Professional, John promotes pollinator habitat through his participation in the Western Massachusetts Pollinator Network and is active in establishing community orchards for local food resilience as a member of Grow Food Amherst and Help Yourself Northampton. John is a member of the Ecological Landscapers Association and is an accredited Organic Landscape Professional through the Northeast Organic Farming Association.