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Feed The Bees
Lack of food and food variety are bees one greatest problem second only to chemical contamination. Learn about beekeeping
This project is about creating a community that support each other by being aware of the need of our neighbour's.
A short list of actions needed.
In our community there has been two major changes in the harvest of field's. Harvesting at alfalfa flower and harvest with Mega machines. Harvest at flower damages the plant and vastly shortens its life. Larger equipment shifts the wealth our our community from its people to manufacturer's and banks. The practice have also lead to a compete lack of food for pollinators in the vary dry summer months. This has lead to heavy CCD looses over the last 5 or 6 years in the Grindrod area.
The use of roundup kills bio diversity, adds unnecessary expense to the farmer, Blocks absorption of nutrients into the plant and the animal that eats it. This leads to the expense of added minerals and vitamins to livestock and human diets. It also has been linked to autism and other human disorders such as gluten intolerance
Neonicitoids kill all insects that eat the plant. In the case of pollinators like honey bees this contamination manifest's in Colony Collapse disorder
The planting of fields with pollinators in mind. Crops for seed instead of feed such as clover, mustard's, buckwheat, borage. Hay crops can easily have a percentage of the crop in clover. Corn could have an under story of clover that would both feed the corn and soil. It would increase the food value of the crop. Lower costs by removing pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Planting waste lands with bee pastures.
A program of monitoring available pastures and what is on them will give us an ongoing picture of the health of the community and sharing that with all members of the community.
One of the major problems in our community is the massive over production and concentration of cow manure. This is a valuable resource and can power every tractor, Produce electricity. Doing so would eliminate the contamination of our valuable ground water resources. A viable solution to the water problem described below.
This simple act will have a huge benefit to the community. Pastures provide polinator pastures. More importantly the are a critically need for the health of the cow the quality of the milk/meat they produce.
The question of sustainability is a large one. Of the many things entailed in a community. This is a short list of what we are exploring. Feeding bees is of primary importance. Biodiversity depends on a healthy bee population. Healthy bee populations depend on Quality Biodiversity.
Volunteers needed to enter data into the plant database. Click the join button above to join the site. Then go to the plant database page to see what is in the database now.
- Sustainable farming depends Biodiversity which depends on a healthy bee population. Healthy bee populations depend on Quality Biodiversity.
- Planting food, flowers and tree with bees in mind create the biodiversity that we and our bees depend on.
- The quality of that biodiversity depend on the health of the soil. Toxic chemicals such as Round up blocks the absorption of nutrients into the plant and kill soil organisms that make nutrients available to the plants.
- Planting guides as to what plants and there needs are provided here. workshops will also be available for the spring season
Last Update March 12, 2016
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