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National Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2019!

Celebrating bees, butterflies, birds, beetles, and all the pollinators that make our food possible! 

Who Are Pollinators? Pollinators are bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other small mammals. They travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies, allowing the critical transfer of genetic material to the reproductive system of most flowering plants. 

Why Are Pollinators So Important? Pollinators are critical to our ecosystem! Their hard work ensures full crop harvests and healthy plants everywhere. Without the actions of pollinators, our food supply and surrounding landscapes would collapse. 

Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on Earth need help with pollination. Pollinators work with over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 varieties of crops. That means one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators. In addition to the food we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soil, support from other wildlife, and protect from severe weather. Find out more here!

Flowering Potato Plants

On Our Farm… we rely heavily on pollinators! All our vegetable crops must be pollinated for extra strength, fertilization, and fruit production. Most crops, like potatoes, zucchini, strawberries, and beets, need help in this process, so pollinators transfer nectar and pollen from plant to plant. Some crops (like tomatoes and eggplant) are self-pollinating, meaning they have both the male and female flowering parts necessary for fertilization.

We make every effort to create healthy and happy habitats for pollinators, from cover crops to our Perennial Garden. Even in the Barnyard petting zoo we have many varieties of pollinator plants to aid bees, butterflies, and more.

Changing Times…
All over the world, pollinator populations are changing. Many populations are in a decline due to pollution, disease, and changing climate patterns.

How You Can Help:
Pollinator conservation is essential, and homeowners can help too! Home gardens can make a positive impact, attracting pollinators and creating diverse pollinator communities. The right plants in your garden will do just the trick!

We have a wide selection of gorgeous plants that pollinators love, including Butterfly Bush, Lavender, Foxglove, Agastache, and much more. Attracting butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and more will not only add a beauty factor to your garden but also help our ecosystem! Come in to our greenhouses for more information and to find the right plants for your garden.

Thank you for helping us conserve the Earth and don’t forget to spread the word about the importance of pollinators! 

A List Of Pollinator Plants We Carry…

Delphinium, Salvia, Foxglove, Rose, Butterfly Bush, Lavender, Spiraea, Clematis, St. John’s Wort, Obedient Plant, Coneflower, Yarrow, Agastache, Adenophora, Bee Balm, Veronica, Beardtongue, Coreopsis, Honeysuckle, Butterfly Milkweed, Catmint, and more!

Happy Planting,
Valerie Abma
Abma’s Farm

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