Hastings Pollinator Pathway

Our Mission

The Hastings Pollinator Pathway supports pollinators by strategically linking large green spaces via networks of pollinator-friendly gardens on public and private land.

Why are we doing this? Because the world’s community of pollinators is in crisis.

  • One in four native bee species are facing extinction.

  • There are significant declines in other pollinator populations as well, which include beetles, ants, birds, moths, butterflies, flies, gnats, and small mammals, such as bats.

  • Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80-95% of plant species on earth.

There are numerous causes for this decline, with habitat loss and pesticide use at the top.

Conservation techniques work. When homeowners, governmental agencies and private companies commit to expanding pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free habitats, we will change the future for pollinators and secure our own. We encourage your home to become a node on a path through Hastings!

The Pathway in Hastings. Major arteries of the Hastings Pollinator Pathway plan include:

  • Inter-village pathways: the Old Croton Aqueduct & Saw Mill River

  • East-west connecting paths: Mt Hope Blvd and Farragut Avenue/Parkway

  • Every home garden, large and small

News

Join all of Hastings in learning more and celebrating this critical element of our ecosystem. Visit our Pollinator Month webpage to see how businesses in our town are creatively acknowledging Pollinator Month in a fashion that is uniquely Hastings-on-Hudson.

It's been over 50 years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring and the U.S. banned the use of DDT. A slew of killing chemicals have taken its place—like the mythological Hydra—whose very breath was poisonous: cut off its head, and two more grow back.

People have forgotten that applying yard and household chemicals is a cause of cancer and other diseases. What else would explain why the suburbs around New York City have the highest volume of pesticide applications in the state? Their use serves no vital purpose and is a direct danger to the health of homeowners and our local ecosystems.

We've put together some resources to help educate - see our new page on pesticides.

Order a limited-edition Raine Gifford print, a canvas tote, a No Mow May lawn sign, or our signature medallion. Check out the Swag page for order info.

Our Newsletter Archive includes every issue. 😊

Get Involved

Installing or expanding a garden is one of many ways to help the pollinator pathway project.

Join with friends or neighbors to beautify and support pollinators on a Village-owned parcel.

See what others in the northeast are doing to support pollinators as well as some municipal projects. Hastings' pathway will help connect H2H - the Housatonic to the Hudson.

Image is made of actual flower petals, by Helen Ahpornsiri

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Plus, find neighbors who are planting native plants and going pesticide free! The graphic below illustrates a conceptual pathway that connects Hastings to regional efforts, but each and every yard is important! Add your garden whether you are just beginning and looking for support, or are stewarding a pollinator oasis.

Check out upcoming events all around Westchester. Got one to list? Email us!