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Blazing star (Liatris) blooms late in the season when few other nectar sources are available.

Grow Native Plants for Bees

The moment you get your first honeybees, you start noticing all the flowers around you and begin to ponder the potential plants you could grow to support pollinator health. You become acutely aware of hives’ surroundings for a mile in every direction. This is the effective flight range of the bee—the distance she is prepared […]

Graham White, a small-scale hobby beekeeper in Scotland, has been an international campaigner on the dangers of neonicotinoid pesticides since 2003.

Pollinators in Peril

Pollinators have a staunch ally in Graham White. White, a small-scale hobby beekeeper in Scotland, has been an international campaigner on the dangers of neonicotinoid pesticides since 2003. To this endeavor, he brings his background in environmental education and teaching, a fascination with the biodiversity of life, and his long-term involvement in environmental issues. Born […]

Farmers can play an important role in creating monarch feeding areas and managing migration corridors.

Pollinators: Bees and Other Insects Will Increase Farm Production

Supporting resident and migrating pollinators, including bees, not only aids a critical link in the natural ecosystem cycle, but a farm’s production can increase substantially with the presence of ample pollinators. By giving pollinators safe shelter, water and a supplemental food supply in addition to nectar supplied by crops, their activity on the farm can increase. […]

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Diversity Fuels Dividends

As any sustainable farmer worth his salt knows, diversity is king. Diversity of crops, diversity of soil microorganisms, diversity of cover crops, diversity of livestock, diversity of investments — the list goes on and on. As an example of what scientists call “functional diversity,” research from North Carolina State University shows that blueberries produce more […]