Pollinator Conservation on Small Farms
Presenter Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society & NRCS East National Technology Support Center (at CFSA12)
This workshop highlights the role of native bees in fruit and vegetable crop pollination, a few of the most common crop pollinators, and ways to support bees and other beneficial insects on farms. The key components of supporting pollinators are providing nectar and pollen through the growing season, nesting sites, and protection from pesticides. Organic growers prize diversity; enhancing plant diversity for pollinators is an effective way to meet National Organic Program requirements to improve natural diversity. Common bee crop pollinators will be on display throughout the conference in the exhibit area.
NANCY LEE ADAMSON studied native bee crop pollinators in Virginia while earning a doctorate in entomology. Nancy has long been involved in ecological restoration, propagating native plants, and promoting ecologically-minded landscaping in the mid-Atlantic US. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation works closely with the NRCS to support pollinators and other beneficial insects by promot- ing “farming for bees.” Nancy supports farmers and others interested in pollinator conservation through planting habitat, minimizing pesticide use, and increasing awareness of the importance of native bees in crop pollination.