PPEL is preparing to install a pollinating meadow on the Samuel Smith Farmstead property in East Lyme. This historic landmark that dates back to the 1600’s is an exciting project that takes us back in time to the age when our ancestors truly relied upon native insects for pollination and fertilization of their food crops. We are siting the meadow next to a large vegetable garden used by the community to help with pollination. The beauty and functionality of this project partners quite nicely with the frequent historical reenactments of “Sheldon’s Horse” – 2nd Regiment, Continental Light Dragoons from the American Revolution to the delight of history buffs and families. PPEL will be teaching children how to make “seed mud balls” at this summer’s event along with some education on monarch butterflies and their host plants – milkweed. Come join us on July 17th!