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Grafton County Conservation District Fall Pollinator Tour

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Date September 15, 2017
Location Poverty Lane Orchard, 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon NH
Registration Required No



Orford Ridge Business Park

Grafton County Complex



Mon Tue Thu Fri

Wed or by appointment



19 Archertown Road, Suite 1

3855 DCH, Room 30



Orford, NH  03777

North Haverhill, NH  03774



(603) 353-4652

(603) 787-6973



For immediate release:

Contact: Pam Gilbert


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            About 75% of all flowering plants need animals to move pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.  One in every three bites of food we eat is delivered to us by pollinators.  Want to encourage native pollinators to thrive in your garden or orchard?  We can help you begin planning a pollinator planting.


 The Grafton County Conservation District (GCCD) Tour of Pollinator Practices will look at several established projects, and discuss planning, planting and managing for pollinators.  Join GCCD, participating landowners and partner agencies to learn firsthand conservation practices that attract beneficial insects.  Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, will join us to visit several sites in the Upper Valley.  Our Tour starts on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 9:30AM at Poverty Lane Orchard, 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon NH.  We will caravan in personal vehicles from site to site, car-pooling is encouraged. The Tour will be held rain or shine, so dress for variable weather, and plan on light hiking at each stop.  Call Pam at (603) 353-4652 if you plan to attend.  Feel free to join us along the way.  Our schedule of site visits includes:


            We will start at 9:30AM at Poverty Lane Orchard, 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon.  Orchardist and owner, Steve Wood, has been working with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), UNH Cooperative Extension (UNH CE) and the Xerces Society to foster habitat for beneficial insects to help control crop pests and reduce the need for pesticides while producing a range of edible apple varieties and traditional hard cider apples.  Wildflower meadows for native bees were established more than five years ago.  We will have an opportunity to discuss management strategies for established wildflower meadows, such as disturbance and/or fall over seeding.


            Our second site visit will be Hayes Farm Park, Etna Library, 130 Etna Road, Etna starting at 10:30AM, with parking behind Etna Fire Station.  Do not block fire truck access.  The Hanover Conservancy established the King Bird Sanctuary at the Hayes Farm Park in 2011.  After removing existing old pine trees and invasive plants, it has been replanted with native trees and shrubs, and maintained as a bird sanctuary.  The next step is to establish a pollinator planting.  We will discuss site selection and preparation, design, plants and management. 


            Our final site visit will begin at 11:30AM at the Jim and Deb Kennedy residence, 494 Hanover Center Road, Etna to look at established pollinator plantings.  Jim used repeated shallow cultivation each month for four months to kill the existing grasses.  Jim has established three pollinator plantings next to warm season grasses.  The site also has thyme and oregano, annual buckwheat and sunflowers, along with no-till seeded clover cover crop.