Pollinator Projects

Are you a vegetable or fruit grower that depends upon pollinators to produce a crop?

With funding under the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI), the University of Guelph, in partnership with Farms at Work, is looking for 3 farms interested in hosting demonstration pollinator plantings within Chatham-Kent or Elgin Counties. These pollinator plantings will be designed in consultation with the host farm to integrate into the farm's production system and accomplish other Best Management Practices such as controlling erosion or preventing nutrient loss on the farm. The plantings will be established in 2016.

The Host Farm will:

  • provide land for the plantings over a 3-year period,
  • prepare the land for planting,
  • host a tour for other farmers, and
  • allow the project team members access to the site to monitor the planting.

The Project Team will: (1) design a low maintenance practical planting plan that fits the farm and its goals, (2) provide funding for plant materials, (3) organize and lead the tour, (4) monitor the success of the planting, and (5) provide feedback to the host farm.

For information about this opportunity contact Susan Willis-Chan at 705-652-0059 or sue@farmsatwork.ca.

Native Pollinators

The University of Guelph and Farms at Work is looking for farm cooperators across Ontario for a project involving monitoring of native pollinators on crops that need insect pollination including small fruits, cucurbit crops, field tomato and pepper crops and orchards. This project will focus on the native bees that are visiting these crops in Ontario to create a database of pollinators for each crop and each agricultural region of Ontario. Farmer cooperators will be asked to place traps in their crops during flowering and will be given feedback on the results specific to their farm as well as overall results. This project will benefit the agricultural community by increasing knowledge of the contribution of alternative pollinators to crop production."

For more information, contact Sue Chan at 705-652-0059 or sue@farmsatwork.ca.

A squash bee

A squash bee

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