Farming for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Mon, March 7
10:30 am-12:00 pm
California Salon 4

Farming for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Honey bees and other native pollinators, critical to ensuring the productivity of our crops, are on the decline across the country. A big part of their decline is attributed to the loss of critical habitat to sustain their populations. This workshop highlights the benefits of wild pollinator and natural enemy populations on farms, and explains the important role that habitat plays in supporting these insects. Workshop panelists from the University of California (UCCE and UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab) and the Xerces Society, will share the results of their research, including a cost-benefit analysis, as well as a number of field-tested tools and training modules to help de-mystify the process of creating on-farm habitat and highlight successful techniques. They will cover topics such as site preparation techniques, plant selection, wildflower seed mixes and applying for Farm Bill funding. A local farmer will share his experiences and insights helping to develop farmer-training tools and creating habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects at his farm.

Panelists will be available to answer additional questions and receive 1:1 advice on how to create beneficial habitat during the Small Farms ‘Table Talks’ during lunchtime on Monday.

Moderator: Jessa Kay Cruz, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation