March 6-8, Woolman Hill Conference Center, Keets Rd, Deerfield
GREENFIELD, MAHave you wanted to support bees and birds, and beautify your yard or community, but you’re not sure where to begin?  
“We’ve learned a lot about what pollinators and birds need to thrive,” said Linda Smith, who has been working on Greening Greenfield’s Planting for Pollinators campaign. “But finding the time, resources and confidence to bring that vision to reality in my own yard and as a volunteer at the Greenfield Energy Park has been challenging!”  
To address this challenge, Greening Greenfield has partnered with Woolman Hill in Deerfield, to offer a full weekend retreat called How to Design Native Habitats for People, Pollinators and the Planet, March 6-8.
Desiree Narango, a research scientist whose talk on Chickadees last spring inspired this retreat, will kick-off the weekend on Friday evening with a talk on her latest research on what makes a yard friendly for pollinators and birds.
Connor Stedman, ecological designer, and climate resilience educator at AppleSeed Permaculture, will then work with participants over the weekend on how to bring this vision to reality. Saturday morning, after talking about design principles, the group will go outside to explore a place where Woolman Hill plans to plant a hedgerow, that will include trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that support local insects and birds. The group will work collectively on several possible designs.
After lunch and free time to explore the beauty of Woolman Hill, each person can choose to work on a project they have brought with them, or on a community project such as a garden at the Greenfield Energy Park. In the evening there will be an optional group activity to connect us further to purpose and place.
 On Sunday the weekend will wrap up with an early nature walk with Ted Watt, naturalist at the Hitchcock Center, followed by one-on-one discussion and sharing of the many projects people are working on.
 “We are excited to be working with Connor Stedman because he has experience designing landscapes that support wildlife with clear awareness of the challenges brought by our changing climate” said Dorothea Sotiros, who worked with Greening Greenfield to make this weekend possible. 
“Woolman Hill is thrilled to be working with Greening Greenfield on this weekend,” said Margaret Cooley, Woolman Hill Retreat Center director. “We have been looking for opportunities to expand our connection to the local community, as well as to increase programming focused on the natural world, and are delighted to see this taking shape in such a hands-on way.”
For more information and registration, go to the web sites of Greening Greenfield or Woolman Hill. Greening Greenfield works to build a more sustainable Greenfield so present and future generations can enjoy life in our beautiful, abundant valley. Woolman Hill, a Quaker retreat center on 110 acres of meadows and woods in Deerfield, provides a sanctuary where people come be restored and inspired, and leave with the strength to act out of love, sowing seeds of peace that lead to a world transformed.
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