The Great Sunflower Project – free seeds!

Do you have a sunny space where you can plant a few sunflowers?

They are tall but not too wide and can even be planted in large pots on your deck. All they need is full sun and  water.

Lemon Queen Sunflowers

Do you have 30 minutes twice a month look for bees on your sunflowers?

The “project” is all about pollinators…bees. As you may have heard, bee populations worldwide are declining.  This is an effort to track urban bee populations and determine areas where bee numbers are critically low. You can help and get free seeds in the process.

“One of our main goals is figuring out where bees are in trouble.”

Sign up by March 9, 2009

Go to the Great Sunflower Project website and sign up for your free seeds.

Four Easy Steps

  1. Sign up and plant sunflowers.
  2. Describe your garden
  3. Record time it takes 5 bees to visit sunflower (up to 30 min)
  4. Enter data online or mail it in
Bees on last years pumpkin flower

Bees on last year's pumpkin flower

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18 Responses to “The Great Sunflower Project – free seeds!”

  1. All Things Eco Blog Carnival Volume Fourty One | Focus Organic.com Says:

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  2. tracey Says:

    How cool is that? I love Sunflowers! I may be too late though. :(

    • Chris Says:

      Give it a shot.
      Go to their site and sign up. It can’t hurt. If it is too late, at least you’ll be on their mailing list for next year. Good luck and let me know how it goes. -Chris

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  7. Maria Schultz Says:

    When is the deadline to send feedback?

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  9. Paula Mills Says:

    Please send me seeds if they become available again. Here is my address:

    Paula Mills
    402 W 4 1/2 St S
    Newton, IA 50208

  10. Dot Henley Says:

    If this project is still going on, I can refer it in my newsletter to about 500 members of the Ft. Lauderdale Orchid Society. I would need the current contact email to sign up if the study is ongoing. Thanks,

  11. Dot Henley Says:

    PS. Our orchid society has people who would do this. Is the project still on? Please send how to enroll if so. Thank you.

  12. Farm 2 School Says:

    We are searching for free seeds of all types that people can donate to us.
    We educate children about gardening and help feed children that are undernourished in SC…
    Taylor Morrison
    Farm2School
    112 Balsa
    Longs SC 29568

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