The Alamance County Pollinator Trail is a pilot program initiated by the Alamance Soil & Water Conservation District. The project is associated with the Butterfly Highway, a statewide conservation restoration initiative.
The purpose of the program is to:
“Restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture across North Carolina….by creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife.”
How to Participate
The Alamance Soil & Water Conservation District will provide Alamance County farmers and residents Summer Solar Mix (pollinator mixes) at a reduced cost in an effort to encourage locals to plant flowering species that attract pollinators and many other beneficial insects. This mix includes sunflower, buckwheat and cowpeas. The ideal planting window is early June through summer.
All are welcome to participate and will be included on the Trail as long as the garden is easily visible by visitors.
Importance of Pollinators
Pollinators are important because the assist in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds.