Fountain Together spreads native flowers, awareness
Last updated 12/2/2020 at 10:18am
Susan Kircher, organizer for local advocacy group Fountain Together, is encouraging Fountain residents and city officials to plant local wildflower seeds. She spoke to the Fountain City Council in their Nov. 17 meeting, explaining that Fountain Together is partnering with People and Pollinators to give people packets of Colorado wildflower seeds. Kircher described Fountain Together's goal as getting as many people as possible to plant these seeds soon.
"These seeds should be sown now; they bury themselves over winter and chafe off their seed covers, sprouting at the correct time in spring," Kircher explained.
When these seeds sprout, they provide a habitat for local pollinators (bats, birds and insects that spread pollen). People and Pollinators, which created the seed project and other initiatives, is a Colorado organization that raises awareness about the good that pollinators accomplish and about agricultural practices that help pollinators (such as planting gardens without pesticides and using "pollinator safe plants.") They also organize petitions for legislative changes. At the moment, the organization has a petition for Colorado to make a special pollinator license plate with a picture of a honey bee (a well-known pollinator) on it.
Kircher said that she had sent seed packets to the City Council for each person and that anyone could get a seed packet by contacting Fountain Together. She also recommended council members check out People and Pollinators' website. Ortega thanked Kircher for her time and for sending seeds for all the council members.
"I've already got a spot picked out," Ortega said, referring to where he would plant his wildflower seeds.
This seed project is one of several initiatives that Fountain Together has taken part in since it began in September. As reported at the time, Fountain Together planned to get at least 10 people together to launch a community or environmental initiative within 90 days. Kircher, who started the group, hoped it would become sustainable and perform more than one project. Since that time, Fountain Together has grown to 11 members and taken part in various community initiatives, including gathering Thanksgiving Donations for Silver Key Senior Services and cleaning up trash at Hibbard Park on Nov. 16 as part of the "Clean Up Fountain" initiative. Fountain Together also launched a newsletter in October, and stated in their first issue that they hope to plant 1,000 trees in Fountain by 2021.
"We have seedlings and tree seeds on order for our 1,000 tree campaign for 2021," Kircher said. "People are welcome to pre-request a tree for next year."
Seed packets are available for free to any Fountain resident. To get seeds, go to the Fountain Together website (fountaintogether.org).