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Things we can do to help sustain native pollinator populations

Native pollinators are a very important piece of our diverse ecosystem. They serve to pollinate many flowering plants that require pollination for their reproduction. They are also an important source of food for the many birds and other small animals that predate them. The native pollinators consume nectar and pollen from the plants which they transform into glucose, fat and animal protein which is then in turn consumed by the respective predator. Thus completing an essential gap between plants and small predatory birds and animals.

On top of all of this they are just plain beautiful.

Luckily there are many things we can do as good citizens to help protect the native pollinators of our region. \

1.) Support a local beekeeper.

Every purchase you make from us or a farm like ours will aid in our mission to develop and preserve environments that will help propagate not just honey bees but pollinators generally.

2.) Plant a pollinator friendly lawn and garden.

Clover is an important nectar source for many diverse pollinators. Alsike and white clover are a good choice as they are hardy in our climate. Clover has the added benefit of being a member of the legume family and thus nitrogen fixating. So it will enrich your soil as time goes by. Plus it stays relatively short, doesn't require frequent mowing, makes a soft ground cover in sun or shade, and sometimes they are lucky four leafers!

Dandelions are beautiful, fragrant, edible and are an essential nectar source for the spring pollinators.

Milkweed is the only plant that monarch larvae can consume. They are essential for the migration and survival of the species. the flowers are also an excellent nectar source for a wide range of pollinators.

Aster/ Goldenrod are often looked at as weeds by gardeners these plants are very important for fall pollinators

Zinnias are a multicolored delight for the eyes. they are long flowering and self seeding. Plant these in your flower beds or at the end of your vegetable rows and wait for the butterflies to arrive!

Thistle may be a literal pain to weed but this highly aggressive species is important to native pollinators. There are decorative varieties that make a great border or back ground plant in a flower garden.

Blackberries/ Raspberries/ Blueberries/ Strawberries are all species that require pollination for fruit set. They are important nectar sources.

Flowering Garden Vegetables. Squash, cucumber, peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries all provide pollen and nectar for native pollinators.

3.) Don't mow too often.

Planting a pollinator friendly lawn is only effective if your let the flowering ground cover flower! Plus with the current price of gas save yourself a couple bucks!

4.) Let your ditches and hedgerows go to weed.

This is one of the most important things we can do. The ditches and hedgerows are often dotted with milkweed, goldenrod and aster. This single act will help to nurture your local population of monarch butterflies.

5.) Plant pollinator friendly trees.

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