It Starts with Habitat
The first step to protecting pollinators is providing abundant sources of pollen and nectar throughout the growing season. We ask farmers to dedicate a minimum 5% of their land to habitat, which can be a mixture of permanent features, such as hedgerows, and temporary resources, including flowering cover crops.
Includes Nest Sites
Like us, pollinators need a place to call home. Farmers provide nesting sites by including plants with pity-stems for cavity-nesting bees, undisturbed ground that provides cover for soil-nesting bees, and butterfly host plants so butterflies have a place to lay their eggs.
Protection from Pesticides
Prevention, mitigation and protection are all part of the Bee Better strategy for minimizing the exposure of pollinators to pesticides. A comprehensive pest management strategy includes monitoring, using non-chemical practices as a first line of defense, targeting pesticide use, and limiting or eliminating the use of high risk pesticides.
Better Managed Bumble Bees
Commercially bred bumble bees are often used in greenhouses for pollination, but can transfer diseases to wild bumble bee populations. Our standards require that managed bumble bees include only native species reared within their native range, and that they only be used in sealed, controlled environments.
Farms are inspected by Oregon Tilth, a leading non-profit certifier , to ensure all conditions required by the Program Standards are being met.