Designing Biodiversity at McKeon Farm: Meadows and Hedgerows as Opportunities for Pollinators

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For the past year, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission has worked in close collaboration with landscape designer Evan Abramson, Principal of Landscape Interactions, to transform McKeon Farm in Ridgefield, CT into a regional biodiversity hotspot for pollinator species. Join Abramson, Pollinator Systems Designer, and Ridgefield Conservation Commissioner, Kitsey Snow for an in-depth exploration of the landscape design process at McKeon Farm. 

Gardeners, farmers, landscape designers, conservation organizations, and local governments all play a vital role in strengthening, expanding and enhancing regional biodiversity, ecological health, and climate change resilience. On conservation properties, residential landscapes, farms, roadsides, schools, and solar projects, functionally diverse native pollinator habitats can serve as building blocks for linking intact natural areas across a fragmented landscape.

But what to plant, when to mow, where to focus on first and how to measure the results? Abramson of Landscape Interactions will present on methods and practices that lead to successful pollinator projects.

Evan Abramson, draws upon his diverse experience as a regional planner, landscape designer, farmer, community organizer, documentary filmmaker, and photojournalist. He designs landscapes and regional corridors that build biodiversity and strengthen ecological resilience for a changing climate at the ecosystems level, through the (re)creation of native pollination systems and individual pollinator-plant interactions.

His environmental documentaries have garnered dozens of festival awards, and influenced policy makers across the globe. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and The Atlantic, among other periodicals. He holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, Certificates in Permaculture Design and Biodynamic Gardening, and is co-author of the Great Barrington Pollinator Action Plan

Kitsey Snow  serves on the Board of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, the steering committee for the Pollinator Pathway Northeast, on the Ridgefield Conservation Commission Board  where she helps to oversee the many miles of hiking trails for the RCC.  A resident of Ridgefield for over 25 years, she is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Ridgefield Garden Club. She graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in psychology and worked in operations for Bankers Trust Co. in New York for seven years before moving to Connecticut.

This program is part of a series of environmental programs that are co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, The Norwalk River Watershed Association and the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway.

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