In recent years there has been wide-spread information about the mysterious disappearance of honeybees. Honeybees, and the general insect group of bees (of which there are 20,000 species), are responsible for pollination of about 30% of our food crops. The issues facing bees, as well as other native pollinators, are caused in part by lack of plants for food and lack of nesting habitat. These are issues that we all can help with.
Bee-Friendly Farming is an initiative that encourages careful land management by farmers and gardeners, to maximize the best health for bees. Farmers (urban or rural) and gardeners follow practices to:
Bee-Friendly Farming is a certification that is open for anyone, on any scale of land, that follows these practices and is interested in going through a short application process - including small urban homesteads like Little City Farm or like you! For more information on getting certified as a Bee-Friendly Farmer go to Pollination Canada.
Want to learn more? Consider taking a Beekeeping Workshop at Little City Farm. Offered seasonally - check our listing for current workshops offered here.