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Grants create habitat for pollinators

Cara J

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Tagen Baker’s organic farm in California is bustling with life. It’s not just the historic acres of walnut trees on the property, or the fields of lavender, or the heirloom vegetables coming up out of the ground. It’s lots of bees and bats, butterflies and hummingbirds, which are attracted to the lavender and California wildflowers she’s planted in her pollinator garden. “I’ve seen more than I ever thought,” said Baker. The inspiration for the farm came in part from graduate work she is conducting at Utah State University in the Department of Environment and Society. Its name, Bitton Farm, came from her great-grandfather, who started a family ranching legacy in southeast Idaho. With a Feed a Bee grant from Bayer Bee Care, Baker created a half-acre pollinator garden, with lavender and wildflowers to lure birds and butterflies. The Feed a Bee initiative focuses on planting forage for pollinators and offers grants to support the establishment of additional sources of nutrition and habitat across the country. Projects must promote pollinator health, include an education or outreach component and provide a tangible solution to the current lack of forage. Since 2015, the program has helped to plant some 3 billion flowers, from [...]

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