Monarch Waystation, Other (Xerces Pollinator Habitat)
Habitat Management Practices
This garden has been a natural meadow for several years, following it's service as a corn field. We let nature take it's course for the most part which means we have lots of goldenrod, Queen Ann's Lace, daisies and other wildflowers native to Vermont. We also have a couple small flower gardens for nectar sources. And we're planting 1000 milkweed plants this year. We are still experimenting with mowing to see what works best. Last year we did not mow at all until late October.
Vermont Woods Studios is a wood furniture company that was founded on the principle of forest conservation. We're working with Jose Luis Alvarez and "Forests for Monarchs" in Mexico to plant trees to restore the Monarch's over-wintering habitat. We've been watching monarchs metamorphose in our back yard in Vermont for 20 years. But today there are none. So we're focused on bringing them back to Vermont by planting milkweed and nectar sources. More about our project here: http://vermontwoodsstudios.com/monarchs
We harvest common milkweed seeds every Fall and plant them in the Spring. We are happy to provide seeds or seedlings free of charge to anyone in our area who would like them. Just contact me at http://vermontwoodsstudios.com/monarchs
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.