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.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.Seeds for Bees serves the needs of bees, beekeepers, and growers, increasing sustainability of pollination and agriculture.
In order to qualify for the Seeds for Bees program applicants must meet the following criteria
1. Must either grow or be located near pollinated crops or keep bees. 2. Must be able to plant no less than 4 acres of cover crop or 2 acres for beekeepers. 3. Must be located in the state of California.
Just like humans, honey bees are better able to deal with stressors if properly nourished. With good nutrition, bees are better able to fend off parasites and pathogens and stay strong in the face of pesticides and other stressors.
Healthier bees mean stronger hives and better pollination.
Seeds for Bees increases the diversity, density, and duration of available bee forage in California orchards and farms, while improving sustainability and supporting good land stewardship.
This win-win situation benefits both beekeeper and grower by providing better nutrition for bees, adding organic matter to the grower's soil, increasing water infiltration, reducing erosion, and providing a natural weed control.
Seeds for Bees is made possible by the many generous growers, beekeepers, companies, and individuals who invest in bee health and sustainable farming with their support.
Project Apis m. is a 501(c)5 nonprofit organization. Your donation is not deductible on your individual income tax form. There are other business, foundation, or trust tax benefits, please consult your tax advisor about the deductibility of your contributions.