Midway Pollinator Pathways

Pollinator Pathways is a public art and environmental project focused along North Snelling Avenue in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.

Interactive workshops will be hosted by Mosaic on a Stick over the Fall/Winter of 2019 in which residents will create ten 3-foot-tall mosaic-tiled concrete planters.
 
During the Spring/Summer of 2020, pollinator plants will be planted in each planter and placed on North Snelling Avenue. Future planters could connect pollinator plantings in Union Park and Mac Groveland to plantings on the Hamline University campus and Midway’s community gardens (both of which host apiaries.) 
 
Expect future walking tours, demonstrations, and community gatherings to be announced as the project unfolds.
 
Special thanks to Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America for funding the Pollinator Pathways through a generous grant.
 
 

What is a Pollinator Pathway?

• a pesticide-free corridor of public and private properties that provide native plant habitat and nutrition for pollinators 

• towns and property owners that create healthy yards and public spaces for pollinators, pets & families

What are pollinators?

• insects, birds or other animals that move pollen from one plant to another

• they enable the cross fertilization of plants promoting reproduction and the growth of new plants

• more than 30% of our food grows as a result of the work pollinators do

Project Leads

Lori Greene: Owner, Mosaic On A Stick

My personal work draws inspiration from both African and traditional Native American culture. Both reflect my ethnic heritage. My art school training is in textiles and I continue to incorporate patterns and texture in my work. It is deeply personal, spiritual and process based. I create images that are about strength, power and memory. I have a BFA in textile arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts anda MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. My work has been shown throughout the United States.
 

 

Audrey Matson: Owner, Eggplant Urban Farm Supply

I am a gardener, small business owner and long-term resident of Hamline Midway.  A farm girl from central Minnesota, I came to St. Paul to attend Hamline University, and eventually settled in the neighborhood, in a renovated Victorian house surrounded by chickens and gardens. My ongoing interest in combining city life with farming led me to open Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply, where we sell supplies for backyard homesteading and food growing, with a recent added focus on the flowers and pollinators that help make that happen. I have a Masters of Agriculture in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and am a Certified Professional with the Minnesota Landscape and Nursery Association.  Fifteen years ago my young family participated in a mosaic planter project with Mosaic on a Stick and I am excited to help bring this community art project back to the Midway. My hope is that the Pollinator Pathways project will both beautify our city streets with amazing mosaic art, created by neighborhood residents working together and also provide flowering habitat for our many native pollinators.

 

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