Food Power Program
This station, called Audubon Alley, was created to restore and conserve natural habitats for pollinators like birds, bees, insects and other wildlife. It is comprised of two growing areas. The first is a native meadow with plant diversity benefitting pollinators and other species. This area is maintained in collaboration with the Montgomery County Conservation District. The second is a space including plantings that specifically create bird habitat and assist bird migration. This plot is maintained in collaboration with the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.
Both areas increase the ecological value of this land through an increase in habitat, diversity, species cooperation and resilience.
|Understanding the interconnection between pollinator and wildlife habitats, human activity and the food system is crucial to creating and maintaining sustainable environments for all living things on Earth. Almost 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants need a pollinator to reproduce.||Since most of our food comes from flowering plants, pollinators are critical to our farming efforts. One out of every three bites of our food, including fruits, vegetables, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and spices, are created with the help of pollinators.||Educational walks and recurring workshops offered by Martha’s and community partners create opportunities for dialogue and learning about the environment and our food system. Individuals or educational organizations and institutions can make use of the Farm’s growing stations which are related to their areas of study, from science and health to urban planning and the arts. Audubon Alley offers opportunities for individuals and groups to ask questions about their relationship and interconnection to other systems, to challenges and to possible solutions to create a sustainable and just food system.|