22 Photos - Jun 26, 2013
Photo: Pollinator habitat is a focus of John and Nancy Hayden's farmer grant...and farm!Photo: John with farmers' market sign for snow cones made from the farm's fruits.Photo: Ice shaver!Photo: John and Nancy Hayden (L) of The Farm Between shows NE-SARE's Carol Delaney (R) pest management strategies for fruit trees.Photo: Solitary bee house.Photo: Protecting a precious apple crop from insects one nylon foot sock at a time!Photo: Creating habitat for ground dwelling bees.Photo: Creating habitat for ground dwelling bees.Photo: Habitat for ground dwelling bees breaks down and used later as planting bed.Photo: Solitary bee house.Photo: John Hayden describes his NE-SARE farmer grant project, FNE13-781, "Investigating ways to improve native pollinator floral resources by comparing multipurpose cover crops."Photo: Plots of Phacelia, buckwheat, and a commercial bee forage mix starting to grow.Photo: Plantings of Phacelia, buckwheat, and a commercial bee forage mix.Photo: Phacelia --also called purple tansy, lacy phacelia, scorpion weed, and/or fiddle neck-- can be grown as a cover crop and a "bee crop."Photo: Buckwheat is a common broadleaf cover crop but is also a good pollen source for bees and other pollinators.Photo: Pollinator conservation seed mix starting to grow...Photo: Is that a cosmos popping up from the commercial bee forage mix? A bit more time (and nice weather) will tell.Photo: Nancy Hayden, resident bee keeper at The Farm Between, examines plots.Photo: 2013 NE-SARE farmer grant recipients Nancy and John Hayden, The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, Vermont.Photo: Nancy inspects research plots.Photo: NE-SARE farmer grant specialist Carol Delaney and farmer John Hayden.Photo: Bee mansion?! Check out that slate roof--nice!