Farming for Biodiversity

Wild pollination systems are being degraded rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. We will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators on a range of land use scenarios. We'll break down the science behind crop as well as native plant pollination, and explore the crucial role that native pollinators play in food security, ecosystem health and climate resiliency. We will also explore the differences between wild and managed bees, in terms of pollination services as well as habitat requirements. Lastly, we will take a deep dive into farmscape design for native pollinators.