When you buy from Upper Meadows Farm at our farmers markets or take a share in our CSA, you know that you are supporting sustainable agriculture, biodiversity–and a really great-tasting meal. But did you know that you are also supporting important scientific research?
Over the next two years, a doctoral candidate in ecology and evolution at Rutgers University will be coming to Upper Meadows Farm to study the wild bee pollinators here. She–and many others–believe that these native pollinators could hold the key to a more sustainable approach to crop pollination.
Industrial farming in America has become heavily dependent on just one bee species, the domesticated honeybee (Apis mellifera) for crop pollination. But honeybees have been dying off in great numbers in recent years, a phenomena that has come to be known as colony collapse disorder.
Native pollinators make better sense, and we take great advantage of them here on the farm. But we also take great care of them by growing a wide variety of flowering crops and preserving their habitats–two things that have gone by the wayside in industrial farming.
So when you come to Upper Meadows on volunteer days to plant, weed or pick, keep an eye out for a young woman waving a net. And give her a round of applause for doing such important research.