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Webinar: Farming for Biodiversity: Designing Pollination Systems to Sustain Native Wildlife

January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, MA


Wild pollination systems are degrading rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. In this webinar we will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators. We'll break down the science behind crop as well as native plant pollination; explore the crucial role that native pollinators play in food security, ecosystem health and climate resiliency; and take a deep dive into farmscape design for native pollinators.

Presenter: Evan Abramson, M.S.E.D.

Evan Abramson, M.S.E.D. is a Pollination Systems Designer + Planner at LandscapeInteractions. Drawing on his diverse experience as a regional planner, landscape designer, farmer, community organizer, documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, Evan designs landscapes and regional corridors that build biodiversity and strengthen ecological resilience to a changing climate at the ecosystems level, through the (re)creation of native pollination systems and individual pollinator-plant interactions. As a former Land Use + Natural Resources Planner at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Evan designed the first watershed-based climate resiliency plan in Massachusetts. His environmental documentaries have garnered dozens of festival awards and have influenced policymakers across the globe. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Atlantic, among other periodicals. As a community organizer for Food & Water Watch, Evan helped pass a statewide ban on fracking waste in Connecticut and stopped a gas-fired power plant proposal in less than one month. He milked cows, grew vegetables and raised cattle, pigs and poultry on pasture at Hawthorne Valley Farm, a biodynamic farm in the Hudson Valley. He holds a Master of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design, Certificates in Permaculture Design and Biodynamic Gardening, and is co-author of the Great Barrington Pollinator Action Plan.

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Driving home from the farmers market?

Call in and put the workshop on speakerphone so you can listen while you drive.

Cooking dinner with the delicious products from your farm?

Bring your laptop into the kitchen so you can watch while you cook.

Hanging out with your co-apprentices after a long day in the field?

Take an hour to watch and participate in the workshop and discuss after.

Can’t make it?

We will record as many workshops as possible and archive on this page.


Our new online workshop series has two main goals:

  1. Provide high quality, high level farm management education that is easily accessible to everyone

  2. Introduce new and experienced growers to topics relating to farm management that will increase efficiency, profitability, soil health and quality of life.


Special Thanks to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, for providing access to the WebEx software used to host these online workshops

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