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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 


Farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren will teach how to harness insects on farms at Practical Farmers’ 2017 annual conference – Jan. 20-21, in AmesFor Release: December 8, 2016 Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — When farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren [...]

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
also observed.
• Farmers evaluated characteristics of
the herbs and assessed pollinator use
of the herbs by doing transect counts
of pollinators during bloom.
Key Findings
• 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
at Hartmann’s.
• 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 


Farmers invited to workshop on adding pollinator habitat – Aug. 20, TripoliFor Release: August 9, 2016 Download PDF (82 KB) Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces Society Rob and Tammy Faux, Genuine Faux Farm Steve Schmidt A native bumblebee visits an aster flower. Contacts: Lauren Zastrow | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

August 9, 2016 


Field day at One Step at a Time Gardens will highlight on-farm research, pollinators – Aug. 14, near KanawhaFor Release: August 3, 2016 Download PDF (82 KB) Tim Landgraf and Jan Libbey in their squash plants Contacts: Jan Libbey | One Step at a Time Gardens | (515) 851-1690 | libland@peconet.net | ostgardens.com Tamsyn Jones [...]

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