Pollinate Minnesota Partners
The initiatives at the heart of Pollinate Minnesota are shaped by and for the community. We are collaborators and connectors and are honored to do the work we do in Minneapolis and our great state.
We partner with:
- Educational Apiary Partners to keep our bees.
- Schools, youth groups, churches, farmers markets, libraries, businesses, and many more to provide in-hive and on-site educational opportunities.
- Stakeholder groups on advocacy initiatives.
- A big thank you to The Pesticide Action Network who is currently serving as our fiscal sponsor while we work to transition to a stand alone non profit.
Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org, 612.245.6384) for more information on partnerships.
Educational Apiary Partners
At Pollinate Minnesota, we're beekeepers, establishing our Educational Apiaries at community gardens, parks and schools in the Twin Cities. As an organization that loves teaching with bees, we need public places to keep those hives. We work with places interested in the educational work we do and our broader mission.
Our educational partners include:
Steady Hand Farm is the family farm of Juli and Jason Montgomery-Riess. They raise their produce on a 70-Acre farm situated in the mixed pine birch forests and lake country of Polk County near St. Croix Falls and Amery, WI. Check out their CSA here! As urban beekeepers, having a bee yard outside the city is a good asset, and we'll be keeping several hives out at Steady Hand Farm.
Ordway is Macalester's ecology research station in Inver Grove Heights and is a sweet spot of forest, prairie, and lake for conducting cool research like scavenger impact on buried animals (to compare to dinosaur bones!) and long range forest and archeological surveys, among many other things.
Are you an organization in the south metro looking for an in hive program? Contact Erin for info on field trips, work retreats, private dates or other classes at Ordway this year.
Urban Roots is a 46 year non-profit based on the East Side of Saint Paul with the mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. They run a paid youth internship program, hiring youth ages 14-18 to work in programs centered on gardening, cooking, and conservation.
Urban Roots sees the honey bees as the perfect link between these three programs. Urban Roots Conservation Crews are active in the restoration of our local parks, providing essential habitat and corridors for pollinators. The Market Garden program directly benefits from the pollination efforts of honey bees and other native pollinators, both in production as well as variety of produce. And if we didn’t have the pollinators pollinating our crops, the food the Cooking and Wellness program utilizes would be much less diverse.
If you're interested in becoming an educational partner, contact Erin at email@example.com, 612.245.6384