Monarchs & Milkweed: Crucial Combination

We pay CASH for milkweed pods.

Our business is growing and we need more milkweed pods than ever. Modeled after the wild collection effort mounted in World War II, we identify milkweed pod collection points and supply independent pickers with bags to go out and pick the pods at the collection points. We look for organized, self-motivated people who are well connected in their community to head the effort in their area. The pod picking window is only 4-6 weeks so it is a lot of work in a short amount of time. Monarch Flyway pays for bags and shipping to our processing plant in Ogallala, Nebraska. We try to identify collection areas that will grow over time so that the program is economically profitable for the collection point and Monarch Flyway. Collection goals are set and agreed upon by Monarch Flyway and the collection points before the harvest. We start with a minimum goal of 3,000 pounds of milkweed pods per season but one collection point sent over 100,000 pounds one season.