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Cirsium 07-28-2013 04:57 PM

Organic Farm Resources
Organic Farms
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Organic farming offers many benefits to pollinators, but some common organic-approved pesticides and practices can be potentially just as harmful to bees and other pollinators as conventional farming systems. For example, in the absence of readily available herbicides, some organic farms depend more heavily on tillage as a primary weed control strategy. This greater soil disturbance may be detrimental to ground-nesting bees.

By understanding native bee biology, nesting habits, and the toxicity of various organic-approved pesticides, farmers can effectively balance their crop management strategies with the needs of their resident pollinators.

Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form and Guide for Organic Farms
This assessment form and guide enables farmers to assess specific pollinator habitat features before and after project implementation in both organic orchards and field crop settings. To download PDF, click here.

Organic Farming for Bees Toolkit
The full Organic Farming for Bees tool kit contains both of the fact sheets (below), as well as information about native bee biology, artificial nest management, and regional plant lists for pollinator habitat restoration. The companion publication Farming for Bees contains detailed guidance on identifying and creating pollinator habitat within a working agricultural landscape.To download PDF, click here.

Organic Farming Practices: Reducing Harm to Pollinators
Guidelines on how various organic farming practices can be balanced with the ecological needs of pollinators. To download PDF, click here.

Organic-Approved Pesticides: Minimizing Risk to Pollinators
An overview of all commonly available organic-approved pesticides, and suggestions for mitigating their impact on native bees. To download PDF, click here.

The Xerces Society Organic Farms

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