We are The Wildflower Project (TWP). We install wildflower gardens in urban environments and underutilized or vacant spaces.
Our mission is to revitalize and restore the health & wellness of pollinator habitats; to bring vibrant, natural beauty to our urban, industrialized communities; to foster education and community development through volunteerism and partnerships; and to take spaces with no hope, and give them a purpose.
We’re a grassroots organization founded in St. Paul, Minn. in the summer of 2015. We are three guys who care about the environment and our community. We see an opportunity to be a good neighbor – to all those who inhabit our ecosystem.
These gardens are vital to the rehabilitation of pollinator habitats. Our project aims to reconcile with nature in a way. Human development has destroyed countless ecosystems, and we're only now learning the harsh impact that it has on our agriculture and food supply. By targeting areas that have fallen between the cracks, or partnering with like-minded organizations, we can begin to bring pockets of nature (and the pollinators) back to our urban communities.
In our short time working on this project, we have partnered with 2 community gardens, a local rec center/city park, and our local community council. We believe these partnerships are the most effective way to draw in volunteers and show them first hand how be good stewards of the Earth.
Our 2016 goal is to plant 2,000 sq. ft. of wildflower garden. We have 3 more garden installations planned for this fall which will exceed our year-one goal.
In 2017, our goal is to plant 5,000 sq. feet around Minneapolis and St. Paul, build 5 additional partnerships, and host 2 volunteer events.
The idea is simple. The impact could be substantial. And it only starts with a seed. Simply put, we are planting with a purpose.
Funded by Twin Cities, MN (March 2017)