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Lawns to Legumes

Board of Water & Soil Resources-Lawns to Legumes Program

"Do you want to protect pollinators in your yard? Lawns to Legumes offers free resources for DIYers to learn how to plant pollinator-friendly gardens, meadows, lawns, trees, and shrubs. It also provides cost-share grants to help cover the costs of doing a project. The goal is to help people create habitats for at-risk species like the rusty patched bumble bee and the monarch butterfly.

Historically, the rusty patched bumble bee (Minnesota’s state bee), was common in eastern US and the Midwest. Due to factors such as habitat loss, pesticide use, pathogens, and climate, among others, the rusty patched is an endangered species. The monarch (Minnesota’s state butterfly), famous for its seasonal migration from Canada and the northern US to Mexico, has experienced similar precipitous drops in its population. These are just two of many pollinator species declining in population in recent years.

Lawns to Legumes started in 2019. In the first two years of the program alone, individual grant participants spent many thousands of hours on at-home planting projects to protect pollinators. They also created more than 1.2 million sq. ft. of pollinator habitat and planted more than 1000 pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs.

"Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for Lawns to Legumes cost-share funding of up to $400 to create pollinator habitat in their yards. The application deadline for the Spring 2024 Lawns to Legumes Individual Support program is November 30. Grant recipients will be notified in mid-December. Any applications submitted on August 22, 2022 or later that were not previously awarded a grant will remain in consideration for Spring 2024 funding, and do not need to be resubmitted."

Want to see where Lawns to Legumes projects have been done? Go to the Lawns to Legumes Map to find out! 

For more information: Go to Lawns to Legumes