This session of the Young Farmers Conference was live streamed on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at Stone Barns Center.
Many of the plants you grow have, at the very least, one pollinator partner who helped shape the evolution of their flowers and distribution. From bees, to butterflies, to birds, to bats, pollinating animals are responsible for much of the fruits and vegetables we rely on. This workshop will teach you the basics of pollination ecology as well as how to maximize food production by encouraging both native and exotic pollinators. Yes, honey bees will be discussed, but this workshop will also cover the exciting world of tomato buzz pollination, the rotten world of fly pollination, and the beautiful life of the squash bee. By the end of the day you will be able to “read” flowers and come to know the true desires of the organisms you cultivate.
Speakers: Rebecca McMackin