Seeds for Bees Encourages Cover Crop Seeding for California Orchards
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Episode 154: Using Cover Crops in an Organic Walnut Orchard
Seeds for Bees encourages the use of cover crops to increase the density, diversity, and duration of bee forage in California orchards, farms, and vineyards, while improving soil health. Enrollment is open from June 1 through August 31, 2022, to California farmers growing honey bee pollinated crops, nuts, and fruits. The seed mixes available through Seeds for Bees are designed to bloom at critical times of the year when natural forage is scarce but managed and native bees are active. Seed availability is limited, and growers are encouraged to apply early. First-year Seeds for Bees enrollees are eligible for a $2,500 discount off their total seed purchase, and second-year enrollees are eligible for a $1,500 discount off their total seed purchase.