The pollinator and farmer relationship is mutually beneficial: honeybees need healthy crops and healthy crops need honey bees. The involvement of honeybees in the growth of crops is important to the farmer’s bottom line. Farmers are effectively increasing biodiversity, soil health and plant resilience.
How can I get involved?
The Operation Pollinator project is no longer active, however, there are still several ways you can promote pollinators:
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What are Alberta farmers doing?
Supporting activities that enhance biodiversity and habitat is what farmers do. A farmer participating in a practical initiative that helps to contribute to healthy pollinator populations is a natural step. Which is why ARECA and its member associations are dedicated to an innovative and evolving pollinator program.
In 2017, ARECA and its member associations delivered the Operation Pollinator program which resulted in 35 sites and 60 acres of marginal land seeded to pollinator habitat across Alberta.
When Vance Graham, a rancher from Lodgepole, AB, learned about a new biodiversity program to enhance pollinator habitat, he decided there were good reasons for his family to sign up. Graham enjoys the idea of wild pollinators on his farming landscape, and he feels the fact that producers support biodiversity is an important message about agriculture.
“There are very few farmers and lots of people in cities so it matters that we let people know that farmers and ranchers care about these things. It is just good business."
“We did a pretty good job of levelling the land so that once established nobody has to touch it again for 20 or 30 years. Eventually maybe we would be able to winter cattle there and put nutrients back on the land.”