Wildflowers for pollinators
Once again, we here on the Currant Farm are sharing our research on Wildflower Seeds for Pollinators by offering the mix we use here on the farm. I tweak this assortment a little bit each year to eliminate varieties that don’t perform that well and add new ones. You may have read in the past about my efforts to increase habitat and food for our beautiful, valuable and in some cases, threatened pollinators here on the Currant Farm and your response and endorsement has been so full of enthusiasm I thought, “why not share my efforts and fun with everyone.”
Practically everyone has heard about the struggles the Honey Bee and other pollinators have been going through. Pollinators across the country are in trouble and they’re the ones responsible for a large portion of the food on our plate every day. Many studies point to the loss of habitat and food sources as one of the problems. Flowering plants which are rich in nectar and pollen are crucial for the life cycle of these insects. In turn, these insects are crucial for the success of our food crops as well as an essential food sources for birds, other insects and a huge assortment of animals. Everything depends on everything else and when the system is in imbalance, everything suffers and is endanger.
Starting next week, CurrantC™ will be offering blends of wildflower seeds (link) specifically targeted towards pollinators. Not all pollinators pollinate all flowers. These mixes will provide wildflowers which, in and of themselves, are beautiful to look at but more importantly, will add to the necessary forage that this basic link of the food chain desperately needs. For a relatively insignificant investment, everyone can play a role in providing for pollinators. These can be planted on your property, scattered in vacant fields, of given as gifts to someone who you’ll know will appreciate the thought.
I’m excited to have so many of you join my efforts to provide for this crucial segment of our ecosystem.
Cheers from the farm,
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