Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Pollinator Resources

Pollinator Resources

Diversity in the Orchard

April 30, 2020

Diversity is one key to balancing orchard ecosystems and farm income. Jesse Stevens of Sy’s Trees in Sweden, Maine, for example, grows more than 100 species and 1,000 varieties in his orchard, including the usual apples and pears, as well as quince, Cornelian cherry, persimmon, honeyberry and more. And at their 5 Star Orchard in Brooklin, Maine, Molly DellaRoman and Tim Skillin grow highbush blueberries, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries and native perennials as well as a 3-acre commercial orchard with 30 to 40 varieties of heritage apples, about 60 peach trees, European and Asian pears, and plums. Read about these farmers’ presentations at MOFGA’s 2019 Farmer to Farmer Conference in “Mixed Orchard Crops” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Resources to Support Our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and our food system

April 2020

• Protect bees from pesticides by limiting or eliminating pesticide use in your garden
• Provide bees with a sustained food source in your garden by planting a bee-friendly variety of plants that bloom at successive times throughout the season
• Create bee habitat by providing nesting areas for bees
• Buy local and organic food to support farmers and producers who use bee-friendly practices
Support MOFGA and all the work we do at the state and national level to legislate for change and increase the number of organic farms!

Please sign our petition to protect pollinators by banning neonicotinoid pesticide use in Maine.

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