We are researching many articles and sources in order to best prepare for our upcoming spring project. While the world is focusing on the European honeybees in crisis, we are focusing on our wild native bee populations for Ontario. In one word I can sum up our bees. DIVERSE. Diverse in their appearances, diverse in their nesting requirements, diverse in their feeding and, basically, diverse in every way from one another. The one take home message is that there is no ‘ one fit solution for our native bees ‘.
Our project is multi faceted. Although we are an organic nursery and honey producer we want to go to the next level. We want to become Bee City certified and take the public with us on our journey. We must all learn and implement changes to protect our precious pollinators.
To see the full story on becoming nesting bee friendly follow the link.
So we have been reading endless articles on sustainable agriculture, agricultural cover crops, wildflower meadows, bee biology and leading bee trends. We realized that the backbone of any pollinator friendly program is to become organic. No spraying!
The first article in our series is that of becoming organic and why this is so important. We all need to work together to save our precious pollinators.
Last year, we moved our native plant nursery forward by introducing our mixed provenances and assisted migration program. Now it is time to let it settle with the public and the plant industry.
This year, we want to move our honey based farm forward. We will be taking some conventional agricultural methods and using them in an unconventional way – to farm for pollinators. As we restore the land from marginal status growing invasives to pollinator friendly, we will blog and post articles on the science behind it all.
These articles will provide information that can be used no matter what the scale, from agricultural sized tracts to the backyard. We are hoping that by blogging of our experiences and lessons learned we might encourage all people to try a similar journey.