The Importance of Pollinators
Crafted Honey recognizes the vital role pollinators play in our overall food system and environment. How important are pollinators? As highlighted in this February 2016 press release from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ("IPBES" - an organization of over 1,000 scientists under the auspices of the United Nations), the positive impact of pollinators such as butterflies, bats, birds and most importantly bees is quite large:
The Threat to Pollinators
Unfortunately, pollinator populations are in decline and some are under threat of extinction. Over 40% of invertebrate pollinators species are facing extinction, in particular bees and butterflies. While this decline is due to many factors including disease, misuse (overuse) of pesticides and shifts in climate patterns, the primary threat is a of loss of feeding and nesting habitats.
The Pollinator Partnership
Because of pollinator feeding and nesting grounds loss occurring in our country, our Crafted Honey farm locations have taken steps to increase the habitat for both honeybees and pollinators alike. We are proud to have achieved our status of a certified Bee Friendly Farm as outlined by The Pollinator Partnership, the world's largest non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
The Bee Friendly Farm certification encompasses several facets:
- Offer forage providing good nutrition for bees on 3-6% of land
- Plant continuous bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season, especially in early spring and late autumn in temperate regions
- Offer clean water for bees
- Provide a variety of habitat for nesting and mating, through features such as hedgerows, natural brush, or bufferstrips
- Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM); reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals
What Can You Do?
The good news is that lots can be done to help pollinators!
- Plant for pollinators - this can be as simple as creating window boxes of pollinator-friendly plants
- Reduce or eliminate pesticides
- Help spread the word by informing others on the importance of pollinators
- Register your garden as a S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) location at Pollinator Partnership
- Take the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators: