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VIDEO – Sran Family Orchards Partnership – Helping Farmers Grow More Food

Through our backyard rental program, we are able to repopulate local mason bees as well as propagate bees in order to offer their pollination services to local Pacific Northwest Farms. Many people are familiar with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that is affecting the honey bee. Through the growth of our bee population we can offer farmers an alternative native pollinator to alleviate some of the stressor on our non-native honey bee populations. Due to their highly efficient nature, it only takes 400-600 mason bees to pollinate an acre of crops in contrast to about 40,000 honey bees. In turn, famers are willing to alter their practices to become more sustainable and supportive of needs of wild bees by growing hedgerow crops and using fewer and safer chemicals.

Watch this video made by one of the organic almond farms we partner with in central California. Some of the bees you grew in your backyards last year ended up on this organic farm helping to produce almonds that will be found in our grocery stores.

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Bee Amazed

Mason bees
visit up to
2,000
flowers a day
400 Mason bees
do the work of
40,000
honey bees
One Mason bee
block can hold
500
eggs
Farmers
release
1,000
bees per acre
to pollinate their
crops