Hastings Pollinator Pathway
Our Mission: to support pollinators by strategically linking large green spaces via networks of pollinator-friendly gardens on public and private land. Click for more.
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
Garden Tour! July 24th
Get inspired and learn all about the Pollinator Pathways in our county with Healthy Yards, a Bedford-based initiative and great resource for all manner of landscape questions. Numerous residents will open up their yards in Westchester to showcase solutions for more sustainable landscapes. Two gardens in Hastings will be on view.
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.
Add Me to the Map! - click to sign up
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.
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.