Attract and provide safe haven for beneficial pollinators
While the honey bee is the poster child for the recent “save the pollinators” movement, people are just beginning to realize how native pollinators—which comprise 99.96% of the pollinator species on the planet—are as threatened, and arguably more important to the future of food. At this class, learn why pollination is important for fruit trees, the history of pollinators, how native bees are different from the industry-standard honey bee, and how to identify local native bees. We will also cover some basics of attracting native bees—including what to plant and how to create nesting habitats.
Or send a check to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle, WA 98118.
City Fruit members – $20; general public – $25.
A journeyman-level certified beekeeper, Bob Redmond runs Urban Bee Company and the non-profit The Common Acre, whose focus is on “culture and agriculture.” A Seattle resident since 1988, Bob has served on the steering committee of the Beacon Food Forest and in leadership positions with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. He is currently collaborating with the Port of Seattle to develop pollinator habitat at the airport.
Elias Bloom was raised on an organic farm in Omaha, Nebraska, and has deep roots in agriculture. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Entomology and Horticulture and is now a graduate student at Washington State University. With the assistance of WSU’s Dr. David Crowder, Seattle community members, and rural organic farmers, Eli is researching the ecological role of native bee communities in diversified farming systems.