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ORGANIC FARM POLLINATION PROGRAM
No matter the size of the garden or farm, adding native hole-nesting bees significantly increases crop yield. Our native bees carry pollen loose and dry on their hairy bellies, spreading pollen everywhere versus honey bees who carry pollen wet and sticky on their hind legs with little falling off. Our mason and leafcutter bees short daily flying range make them excellent pollinators for organic, heritage, and heirloom farms.
Crops that are well-pollinated grow fruit and vegetables that are rounder, fuller, larger, and sometimes even tastier than under-pollinated crops. Raising native bees will help your farm produce more crops that are ready for market.
Qualifying farms and orchards can participate in our farm pollination program to lease or buy our bee cocoons. In our farm leasing program, all bee raising materials and bee cocoons are returned to Crown Bees at the end of the pollination season. The ability to lease or buy cocoons is determined by Crown Bees on a case by case basis.
Spring and Summer Pollination
Spring Mason Bees
Summer Leafcutter Bees
- "We have never seen anything like it before! We are only estimating, but feel that [leafcutter bees] at least tripled our pollination rate for 2016. We sold more squash, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and berries than any previous year we have been open and we feel it is due in a large part to the increased pollination of the leafcutter bees." Read their blog post for more information.
Leigh Funderburk of Stoneycreek Farms, TN
- “We gained 85,000 lbs of cherries on four acres using mason bees. That effectively doubled my normal production.”
Jim Freese, cherry orchardist of Omak, WA
- "I have never had so many cherries… and the clusters are huge. I had to remove about 200 peaches and 250 plums because I simply had too much fruit. The weight of the fruit would have broken the branches."
Kenneth Corkum of WA
- "Our Asian pear trees have been thinned twice and still have too many pears."
Gary and Billie Bevers
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