“You can do something no matter how small or how big and it all matters.”
– Deb Flora, Director of the Mahoning County Land Bank
About the Project:
Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley was spearheaded by the Youngstown Rotary Club under the direction of Elayne Boznick. Elayne was inspired by a the Rotary International Operation Pollination project and her personal hope to create a sustainable, happy biodiverse planet. Youngstown Rotary, the Mahoning County Land Bank, and many many more of their partners have created Pollinator Gardens large and small across the Mahoning Valley under this mission.
Pollinator Gardens are habitats big and small, public and private, that nurture local pollinators like bees, monarchs, bats, beetles, and so much more.
How YOU can help:
Building a pollinator garden:
View the Pollinator Guide created in Collaboration with Youngstown Rotary Operation Pollination and the Mahoning County Land Bank. This guide is designed to help individuals and groups start gardens of any size and has advice on plants to use, how to care for the garden, and information on an important local pollinator, the monarch butterfly.
Access the Guide: HCP Pollinator Guide: Step by Step
Volunteer your time to help a local project:
Not able to build a pollinator garden on your own? Consider volunteering your time for a local project! Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley posts volunteer opportunities on their website when they are available: Operation Pollination Mahoning Valley
Share your garden with us:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your photos of your pollinator garden!
With your submission, be sure to include:
- Your name
- Why you started your pollinator garden
- Your favorite part of having a pollinator garden
Photos will be shared on the Healthy Community Partnership’s facebook and on our Story Bank site!
Snapshots and stories can also be shared on Instagram or Facebook by tagging #hcppollinatorgardens
What’s the Buzz?
Land Bank to Plant Clover in Demo Spaces, Reduce Mowing Across Mahoning 4/22/22
Operation Pollination Aims to Improve Local Environment, Beautify Neighborhoods 4/19/22
Operation Pollination – The Chicest Gardens Today Are Not Groomed or Tame, They Are Wild
Mahoning County land Bank Recognized at Youngstown CityScape’s 2021 Beautification Awards for the pollination project and sunflower farm across from Taft Elementary School 12/10/21
Earth Day Inspires Groups to Plant Wildflowers Across the City 4/22/21
Land Bank Releases ‘Greening Guide’ to Advance Use of Native Plants, Trees in Landscaping Projects
Youngstown Rotary Club Operation Pollination invites orgs, schools, individuals, and more to contact operation pollination with any questions or to request more resources on pollinator projects. Email email@example.com with your questions.
Healthy Community Partnership Pollinator Garden Resources linktr.ee