Planting Pesticide-Free Meadows in the Sky for Birds & Bees
September 21, 12:00-1:30pm PT
Flowering trees provide acres of elevated forage and habitat for honeybees, beneficial insects, and birds. But did you know that most flowering trees sold from nurseries and brokers are pre-treated with synthetic systemic pesticides before they’re sold? You may be surprised to learn that all citrus trees sold in California are pre-treated with neonicotinoids rendering the flowers harmful to pollinators. Chemical dependence and neonics are marketing tools that have contributed to our broken insect food chain. But tree saplings raised in healthy, living soils have no need for neonics or systemic fungicides. Learn from Susan Kegley, PhD chemist and owner of Bees N Blooms Organic Farm, on how she is raising several species of flowering tree saplings to house and feed insects and birds. Hear from Steve Black of Raemelton Farm about his organic flowering sapling operation and passion for organic soil. And learn from Aimée Code of Xerces Society who will discuss the synthetic systemic agricultural chemicals that are harming bees. Each presenter will demonstrate how systemic-free organic soils are the best way to support thriving native birds and pollinators.