The U.S. Bee Buffer Project, a Pollinator Partnership initiative, is seeking 300 farmers, ranchers and foresters in California to set aside small plots of land as bee buffer zones.
Buffer zones are defined as a strip of land with pollinator plants that are located alongside crops. The buffer zones allow bees to forage while also pollinating adjacent crops. Research has shown that one acre of pollinator-friendly plants is enough to impact 33 acres of farmland.
“Honey bees play an integral role in the success of American agriculture,” says Laurie Adams, executive director for the Pollinator Partnership. “By fostering the health and growth of bee colonies, farmers are helping to enrich their crops and, ultimately, improve their bottom line.”
Land owners in California willing to dedicate and maintain a plots from a quarter-acre to 3 acres for a bee buffer zone can apply for the U.S. Bee Buffer Project. Those selected will receive free flower seed kits to plant in their buffers.
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For more information and an application form, visit http://beebuffer.com/.