Pollinator plant sale planned at Paseo Farmers Market Saturday
Pollinators, bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects that spread pollen needed for vegetable and fruit plants to grow have declined in recent years, environmentalists say.
With a loss of food source, the loss of pollinators follows. Plants for pollinators will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Paseo Farmers Market, 612 NW 28.
One source of food for monarch butterflies is milkweed, a plant that is commonly targeted by people who use herbicides on residential lawns.
Bees and butterfly populations have been on the decline in recent years, and nationwide efforts have been made to save the monarchs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border along Interstate 35 in recent years. Commercial and residential development that causes loss of habitat and overuse of herbicides and pesticides have been linked as factors contributing to the decline in pollinators and plants.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has participated in a program to allow more milkweed and other native plants to grow near highways and interstates by mowing less and planting monarch way-stations with native plant gardens.
Saturday's will be during the second Paseo Farmers Market of the season. The market will be on Saturday mornings through October. For more information, visit the Paseo Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram and their website.