• Blue Thumb—Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects, and turf alternatives to reduce runoff, improve water quality, and create pollinator habitats. Blue Thumb partners include local governmental units, non-profit organizations, and private companies.

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  • Protect pollinators in your yard with Lawns to Legumes resources. Explore native plant lists, design templates, how-to guides, and more! Applications for grants of up to $350 to create pollinator habitat are now open for fall 2023.

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  • Learn more about our Resilient Yards workshops! New this year, our online learning modules will be available to all, at no cost. Workshops will be live in February.

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  • The Blue Thumb Sustainable Landcare Training program provides youth and young adults with job-ready skills to care for these practices in their communities and lays a foundation for next-step education and career pathways in environmental work.

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  • Are you looking for a job? Check out our partner job board for open positions.

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Smart Salting for Native Plantings

In the thick of Minnesota midwinter, dealing with snow and ice is a way of life. “Just one teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes five gallons of water,” says Rich Harrison, Co-Director of Design at Metro Blooms. Read more on how you can salt this winter to protect your plants and clean water.

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