Partnering with Insects


There’s just no getting around it - insects are in trouble. According to a recent New York Times article, insect populations around the globe are rapidly declining. Insects are important for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest for humans is that they help pollinate our food crops.  Insects are often thought of as pests, but did you know that most are actually “good bugs” in the garden?  Beneficial insects help keep the “bad bugs” in check by preying on pests, reducing the use of harmful pesticides in the garden.  And if insects aren’t your thing, remember that for many animals, including those cute local birds many of us enjoy, bugs are a critical part of their diets.  Our garden is a dynamic ecosystem that is healthiest when we cultivate a partnership with insects.  Here are some ways you can help:

Attract beneficial insects to your garden:

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Support native insect populations:


Protect beneficial insects:


Cultivate healthy soils:

Support habitat conservation and restoration efforts by:

  • Voting on issues that affect the environment,

  • Donating to organizations that protect, restore and conserve habitat,

  • Volunteering your time.

    Insect decline is alarming but the important thing is each of us can do our part to help!