From a personal standpoint, I’m fascinated by insects and many other so-called “creepy-crawlies.” It’s mind-boggling to think of the vast number of insect species on the planet, the exponential way their population sizes outrank that of humans and just how long these animals have been around. (I’ve read that cockroaches, for instance, have remained virtually […]
December 9, 2016
December 8, 2016
In a Nutshell
• Two farmers planted strips of flowering
herbs – anise hyssop, borage, and
lemon basil – with cash crops on their
farms. Pollinators in prairie strips were
• Farmers evaluated characteristics of
the herbs and assessed pollinator use
of the herbs by doing transect counts
of pollinators during bloom.
• Neither farm had successful direct
seedings of anise hyssop (McGary had
success with transplanting).
• Borage filled out and flowered earliest
though it became top-heavy, fell over,
and had late-season weed management
• Lemon basil (and anise hyssop, at Mc-
Gary’s) had healthy, upright habits but
required more early-season weeding
• Small native bees had the most individuals
counted among all pollinator
groups observed on both farms.
• Hartmann’s lemon basil had the most
pollinators; at McGary’s, borage had
the highest average count.
December 7, 2016
August 9, 2016
August 3, 2016
Objectives: Evaluate the flowering period, pollinator activity, and attractiveness of three annual flowering herbs:
borage, lemon basil, and anise hyssop or cilantro.
June 28, 2016
Well, it certainly has taken me a just little longer than planned (self-directed sarcasm intended!) to write this summary of the Mustard Seed Community Farm field day (held July 25) — but it was such an excellent event, that the knowledge deserves to be shared! The title of the event, “Establishing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat,” is […]
December 2, 2015
As concern about health gains headlines, farmers are looking at their own fields, curious if their farm practices and habitat offerings are supporting native pollinators. “We assume we have good diversification of pollinators on our farm but want to confirm that and learn about the variety of pollinators,” says Sean Skeehan of Blue Gate Farm. […]
March 5, 2015
Pollinators are a critical component of
agricultural production, and the populations
of bees are declining. Some
farms are implementing bee-friendly
pollinator habitat, and are curious
what effect their efforts have on local
• Pollinators were collected in bee bowls
from different habitats on two farms.
• Nearly 1,300 pollinators were collected.
• The most common species at each
farm were from family Halictidae
(Lasioglossum Dialictus and Agpostemon
• The prairie garden and unburned prairie
habitats had the most diversity of
pollinators (number of species) at each
farm (26 and 17 species, respectively).
• The largest number of pollinators (404)
were collected in the pepper field at
Mustard Seed Farm.
December 6, 2014
On Saturday, Aug. 3, a diverse crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the packing shed at Small Potatoes Farm, a 10-acre farm near Minburn owned by Rick and Stacy Hartmann, to hear about a particularly salient topic: protecting our native pollinators, and what farmers and landowners can do to support and provide habitat for […]
August 9, 2013