Bees in the Trees: The Woody Perennials that Support Wild Pollinators
Date: Wednesday, June 14th 5:30-7:30PM
Instructor: Kass Urban-Mead
There are over 400 bee species in our New York landscape that are not honey bees. This class will cover the ecology, daily habits, and habitat requirements of wild bees, particularly solitary spring bees that are often invaluable pollinators for fruit trees, crops, and wild plants alike. We will identify and visit trees and shrubs that are commonly found in hedgerows, woodlots and smallholder forests that are important resources for wild pollinators. These woody perennials are increasingly recognized for carbon sequestration, animal forage, soil and water quality. This workshop will add a pollination component to these benefits. We will use the idea of “bee networks” to think about times and places in their farms where specific “bee trees” could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities.
The Farmer2Farmer Discussion series is a potluck dinner and farmer discussion group. Please bring a dish to share and one to eat off of, if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet and learn from other farmers in the community.