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Cow Pies and Apple Pies

By   /  February 16, 2015  /  4 Comments

Our insect pollinators are in peril, and we can all play a part in helping them out. As Nancy’s husband, John, says, “No pollinators, no apples, no pie.” We’re betting you love apple pie, and as graziers you’re in a perfect place to promote healthy pollinator populations. Here’s how.

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One of the biggest factors affecting pollinators is habitat loss. A good example of the impact of t
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About the author

Nancy Hayden and her husband John own The Farm Between, an organic nursery and fruit farm in Jeffersonville, VT. They specialize in selling winter hardy fruit trees, berry bushes and pollinator-friendly plants. They have converted a 14-acre pasture into a pollinator sanctuary that is open to the public. They also keep honeybees mainly for the honey since their bumblebees and native bees are doing such good work pollinating. Nancy is also a writer and artist.


  1. Chip Hines says:

    Could someone give a little more information on the bee house? Are the tubes cardboard? Where are they found? Is there a specific length? Are they just for protection or for making honey?

    • Brian Tremback says:

      It looks like the tubes are the stems of common reed, the tall, invasive, wetland grass. However, they do make paper tubes for specially designed nesting blocks. They’re for native, tunnel-nesting species like orchard bees. Female bees stock them with nectar and pollen and lay eggs in them, then the larvae develop on their own.

  2. Brian Tremback says:

    Native asters (Symphyotrichum species) are good species to provide pollinators with late summer and fall nectar and pollen. Some will continue blooming until hard frost. There are a range of species adapted to wet soil, dry soil, sun, and shade.

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