Seeds for Bees Enrollment
Opens June 15, 2019!
Seeds for Bees® encourages the use of cover crops to increase the density, diversity, and duration of bee forage in California orchards, farms and vineyards, while improving soil health and supporting good land stewardship. The seed mixes available through Seeds for Bees are designed to bloom at critical times of the year when natural forage is scarce but managed and native bees are active, with a variety of options to address soil needs of the orchard. Seeds for Bees serves the needs of bees, beekeepers, and growers, increasing sustainability of pollination and agriculture.
Honey bee nutrition and health can be strengthened by increasing floral diversity. Providing better habitat for honey bees helps them mitigate a multitude of stressors, including parasites, pathogens, and pesticides. Stronger bees means better pollination. Adding Seeds for Bees® bee forage to your crop, utilizing the best in seed mixes and planting regimes, can increase honey bee health and sustainability, securing crop pollination into the future.
Orchardists, growers, and farmers in California can apply to participate in the Seeds for Bees® program. Enrollees receive free or subsidized cover crop seeds designed by Project Apis m. to provide high-quality sources of nutrition for honey bees and native pollinators, along with technical support. This incentive gives growers the opportunity to try out cover crops for themselves at a reduced cost so that they can experience the benefits first hand. If you are a grower and are interested in participating, please visit: www.projectapism.org/seeds-for-bees
where you can find online and printable applications, technical support, and more information about Seeds for Bees®
Additional information links: Benefits of Cover Crops, Guidelines and Enrollment, PAm Seed Mixes, Apply to Enroll