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Report of Success For West Haven Ct 2020 Pollinator Pathways First Project

the project

This project aims to install pollinator friendly plants in parks, open space, school yards and backyards.  David Carr, on behalf of is seeking broad support from the community, asking residents, local businesses, and other organizations to suggest locations, donate money and volunteer time to make the project a reality.

Here is more information about pollinators in this statewide project to improve our community

This tells you about our regional team

People who donate will have a say in where the plants are installed, so we seek community based organizations and local businesses to get involved. Raisng money is the first step.  We hope to have sponsors of food and entertainment to host community planting party in May 2020  where people will come pick up their plants and have some fun! 

“Communities that are health and recreation focused, bikeable, walkable with a commitment to open space and quality parks will have a bright future, especially being so close to MetroNorth, Yale and the beach” says David Carr, an Inland Wetlands Watercourse Commissioner appointed continuously since 1999.

the steps

The first step is meeting people who are interested and making donations happen to achieve our $5000 goal. 


 On March 14 we have  $630

On May 14 we have   $1240 of which $620 is matched so your gifts are doubled!

Lead Organizer Measurable Actions: (1) sending / posting press releases  (2)  meeting people from the schools on Feb 25,  (3) meeting people from the garden club on March 9 and (4) meeting people from  public works / B.O.E./ mayors office on Jan.17  (5) spoke at City Council on February 24 and held up the pollinator pathway website for the video which is posted on facebook, (6) maintain and update Facebook page, (7) post this fundraising page in WH F.B. group comment theads  (8) maintain IOBY site  (9) answer email and phone calls.



1) CANCELLED --- March 21 Plant Swap at   Harugari German-American Club  66 Highland St, West Haven, Connecticut 06516

2)  CANCELLED PIZZA  MEETING  March 23    5:15 - 6:30 @ Mike's  111 Campbell Ave West Haven   934-4933 after 4pm  


After we raise the $10,000 the process is as follows 

1) Decide which plants to buy from who. We are seeking the best quality and value.  Here ar some examples of plant distributors we can team with$25207$25207


--- Our Local Garden Supply Sponsors


2) Decide where the plants will be installed based on who contributes.

3) Buy Plants, 

4) Install Plants at the community planting party. 

5) Water the plants weekly as needed,

6) Maintain gardens 2 x /month as needed,

7) Have a monthly Happy Hour Meeting at Prospect Beach on the 4th Friday 

8) Harvest seeds in the fall.

9) Split the plants in the spring when possible and plant harvested seeds, maybe have another fundraising event. 

why we're doing it

Because the worlds needs more places for pollinators, and communties need more events that bring people together to meet other people who care about making things better.   See the Pollinator Pathway Video here


Disbursed budget:

we will spend all the money on wholesale plants

TOTAL RAISED = $2,762.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $41.43

Original budget:

We will buy $10,000 worth of wholesale pollinator supporting perennial plants.

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,391
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  


Report of Success For West Haven Ct 2020 Pollinator Pathways First Project

We have installed 624 perennial pollinator plants  (

We have installed 624 perennial pollinator plants  ( Wild Bergamot , Short Toothed Mountain Mint, Mountain Mint, Sweet Goldenrod, White Yarrow, Butterfly Weed, Eastern Bluestar/Blue Ice, Purple Lovegrass, Little Bluestem Prairie Grass and NY Ironweed/Vernonia ) in 8 locations, with  quantities of 222, 48, 10, 36, 192, 20,70 &  24 plants all in West Haven, CT public space. We had 35 Donors (5 anonymous) contribute between $20 and $100 each. Some Pollinator Pathway signs sales contributed $40. We spent $40, $963 and $400 of the total grant and owe $100 for the remaining unsold signs.

As Lead Organizer I used managed face book and press releases to communicate with the community via  <> (with 261 page likes)   and  <>. I/Mr. Carr used IO groups to provide transparent communication with the group and Volunteer Signup to plan the installation. Funds we ere held by 501c3 Threshold Associates of which Mrs.  Carr is manager.

The project was successful in that we have reserved about $1400 for Spring 2021 which was not used due to the lack of people to help install plants and lack of sites.  We had a publicly advertised plant distribution event that was restricted due to social distancing which lacked of food, beverages and entertainment.

We were unable to have a public education event although lots of pictures and videos were posted on the web pages.

For 2021 we plan to seek approval from two libraries and the West haven Public Schools to create gardens hat will served as pollinator education centers, possibly mirroring the work done by other schools to teach children and parents about pollinator management.

Our immediate October 2020 goal is to identify new sites then prepare the areas using cardboard covered with wood chips as a means of teaching people the value of site preparation and propagation of hardy native pollinators, compared to the installation of cosmetic annuals. This process takes 6 months so now is the time to begin

Another expansion of the project will be direct seeding to support buying plugs as it seems we can seed 60,000 square feet for around $1200 (estimates from $900-1500 for 50 lbs seed). We will continue to seek sponsors and knowledge to support this. Possible sites include the Helm Street Hills.

Everybody who helped brought something to the project for which I and West Haven am grateful for. You all know who you are and what you have done t make this work. I have learned about plant species, installation practices and shopping for products while improving my communication and management skills. My previous gardening experience includes tomatoes, basil, pumpkins, houseplants, and chili peppers. You may reach me directly at 203-877-27024 extension 400826 which transfers directly, or other means. Thank you all for your participation. Make today what you imagined. Sincerely, David J. Carr, M.A. Lead Organizer  




Volunteer opportunities for "Pollinator Pathway West Haven Sept 12   9am-11am  are now open.


9/1/2020—WANTED -- Students of all ages. Lifetime learners, and their teachers.

Hello everyone,

Volunteer opportunities for "Pollinator Pathway West Haven Sept 12   9am-11am  are now open.

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Pollinator Pathway West Haven has placed an order for 550 pollinator plants that will be installed on Sept 12- 19. Now is a great time to get involved, meet neighbors, and help. We will be installing half of the $2600 we raised in the Spring of 2020. We originally planned for a May 5th installation, then rescheduled for Fall due to COVID-19 precautions. 

The plants are all perennials and support native pollinators and birds.  They include butterfly milkweed, white yarrow, hardy ornamental grasses, bee balm, columbine, goldenrod and anise hyssop, among others.  Another order and fundraiser is planned for the spring.

Most of the plants are 5” deep plugs and will be easy to plant.  We are seeking people to be community stewards of the following locations installing approximate numbers.  The opportunity includes 1) tilling and pre-watering for a few days prior to installation, 2) installing 3) mulching  &  4)monitoring for drought/ invasives.

-------------------        2020 SITE LOCATIONS --------------------------


Marginal Drive and Orange Ave  (with  Yale)  ( appx 25-40 plants)

 Sandy Point,  (50 plants)

Hubbard Nature Center  (25- -40  )

Existing 12  Beautification sites,  (150- 200)

Brent Watt Park, ( 25-40  plants)  

entry to Cove R. off Platt,  25-40

Savin and Capt. Thomas Intersection   ( 25-40 plants) 

South St Beach  ( 25-40 plants) 

Lake Street  ( 25 plants) 


We have a few people involved and seek more. The long - term plan is more plants in more location cared for by more people. We will 9increases the biomass of pollinator support to make our community more sustainable for birds, butterflies and all pollinators. We hope to have  sunny sites ( close to a water source)  on elementary schools and libraries  next year as more people get involved.  

Join us by participating in our Facebook Page

Visit our Website

Call David Carr Lead Organizer  203-877-2704 then Extension 400826

June 1 2020 Our group is in process of ordering plugs to be installed per the direction of our Founding members

As our plan stated, once fundraisig is completed we will order plants, the money was recievd on May 26, and  members have

been partcipating in our planning group.   
a) WHPL  has not engaged after a couple emails and a phone call
b) Golden Acres declined to participate
c) Sound view mentioned $9.00 gallons 
d) Nature Works may have plants but I have not had time to go through the thirty pages list
e) No reach out from Schools or Parks dept

I was hoping for more participation but will continue moving ahead. If we end up installing pants in the fall or next spring  that's  fine with me too. This was intended to be a communty builsing and enhancement project , as I  (David Carr) believe that "Quality of LIfe Is Economic Developmemt" 

Closing Sunday Night----Today we have $1350 in total donations..

We will have $2700 to spend uness we get more donantions this weekend. Lets Go. Lets raise $3700 More. Cheers! Dave Carr

Extending The Match To Friday May 1, 2020


We have raised about 10% of our goal. 

We, the Founding Members of Pollinator Pathway 06516,  hope everybody will invest the value of building a sustainable identity in West Haven as a step towards a stronger future.  When people work together we create new opportunity.   It's fun to do good things with good people, and enjoy the fruits of our commitment to our city and our future.

Be Well. Be Happy. Steady as she goes.  


David Carr

Mike's PIzza March 24 Meeting is Cancelled, no outside meeting. Stay 6 feet away, have a Great day !


March 24 Meeting at Mikes Pizza will be MOVED OUTSIDE at the Old Grove Picnic Tables with delivery of Pizza as needed

 March 24 Meeting at Mikes Pizza will be MOVED OUTSIDE at the Old Grove Picnic Tables with delivery of Pizza as needed 

Stay six feet away, have a great day :) 

March 21 Plant Swap will be rescheduled

March 21 Plant Swap will be rescheduled 

March 14 -- we have raised $630 -- March Schedule

As of March 14 we have raised $630 which is 12% of our goal. 

March 21 is the Plant Swap

March 24 Is the Next meeting at Mikes Pizza  5:15 - 6:30 

RSVP  (203) 934-4933           111 Campbell Ave


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