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About Northeast Pollinator Plants

River Berry Farm, the home of Northeast Pollinator Plants, in Fairfax, VermontLupinus perennis (Wild Lupine) a favorite of Northeast Pollinator Plants, please do not plant lupine hybrids, let's bring back the Blue Karner Butterfly!

Northeast Pollinator Plants owner, Jane Sorensen, is passionate about pollinator habitat and the opportunities gardeners have in being part of the solution of providing habitat in their own landscapes.  To this end, she has been growing and selling pollinator plants on her family farm in northwest Vermont since 2012.  

A Little History

The farm, River Berry Farm, is an organic small fruit and vegetable farm, located in Fairfax, Vermont.  Jane and her husband, David Marchant, have been managing their farm on the banks of the Lamoille River since 1991.  Stop by and visit if you're in the area!  The pollinator plants are available at the farm from June 1st through the end of September.  (Click on our farm name for link to our website with directions).  The farm stand is open daily, 10 6 p.m.,  second Saturday in May through Halloween, but it does go self-serve around July 4th for the rest of the season, so it would be wise to email us to let us know you are coming: .

As a retired landscape architect, Jane knows first hand what it is like to do some careful research in making an ideal plant list only to find that the right plants simply are not available.  

Meanwhile, Jane has been giving presentations on Landscape Design for Pollinators around the region, and taught a course at the University of Vermont, offering a list of the best plants to provide pollinator foraging and nesting materials for the New England and New York states.  Invariably, the question would be asked, WHERE can we get those plants?  Frustrated by the limited sources of native plants, Jane decided... "well someone has to do this"...  so here you have it, the birth of a regional pollinator plants mail-order nursery, launched in the fall of 2015.

Jane gives frequent talks on planting for pollinators.  If you are interested in scheduling a talk, email us at: .

Plant Selection Process

The plant selections for the New England and New York regions offered through Northeast Pollinator Plants have been largely developed from the amazing plants data information provided by Xerces Society made available on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.  Please support both of these important organizations.

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Jane has been experimenting with all the plants offered here for years, replacing a 6000 s.f. front yard with a pollinator garden and other scattered beds on the farmstead and farm.