Bee Friendly Farming

Australia

Become a Bee Friendly Farmer and help support bees and other pollinators.

Bee Friendly Farming supports farmers and land managers to help protect, preserve and promote the health of all pollinators.

Bee Friendly Farming is good for business

Joining Bee Friendly Farming helps farmers:

  • Boost farm efficiency and productivity through improved pollination.
  • Improve biodiversity.
  • Optimise pollination costs.
  • Show consumers and customers that they are dedicated to supporting pollinator health on their properties.
  • Become a preferred farm destination for commercial apiarists by helping beekeepers easily identify farms that place a high priority on the health of bees.

By joining Bee Friendly Farming, farmers gain access to Bee Friendly Farming specialists who provide science-based information and support to help create a more pollinator-friendly environment.

Bee Friendly Farming is good for bees

Bee Friendly Farming helps bees and other pollinators by:

  • Improving access to alternate food sources that offer a more balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Increasing habitat, offering nesting resources and reducing the distance pollinators need to travel to forage and feed.
  • Improving habitat connectivity allowing pollinators to move freely between between habitats.
  • Reducing the impact of harsh chemicals and pesticides.

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Five ways to support bees and other pollinators on farms

  1. Offer forage that provides good nutrition for bees and other pollinators.
  2. Provide bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season, especially in early spring and late autumn.
  3. Offer clean water for bees to drink and cool their hives.
  4. Provide permanent habitat for nesting through features such as hedgerows, natural brush, buffer strips, or bare ground.
  5. Reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals and practise Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management.

Case Study

Sowing seeds for a greener future

Seed producers Gary and Julie Richards from Down2Earth Gardening explain how prioritising the health of bees and other pollinators on their property improves pollination outcomes for their plantings, as well as improving pollination on their neighbours’ properties.

Bee Friendly Farming Categories

Farmers, gardeners and other supporters can join the Bee Friendly Farming program through three categories: Bee Friendly Farming CERTIFIED, Bee Friendly Farming PARTNER and Bee Friendly Farming GARDEN.

Why you should get involved

Australian agriculture is highly dependent on bees and other pollinators, which play a direct or indirect role in two-thirds of Australia’s food production. However, pollinator populations are under threat due to habitat loss, bee diseases and pests and the use of agricultural chemicals. Producers can help by adopting bee-friendly agricultural practices and by becoming Bee Friendly Farming certified.

Featured News and Articles

Bee Friendly Farming at Macadamia Farm Management

With a PhD in the diets of honey bees and more than a decade spent studying entomology and agricultural ecology, Dr Chris Cannizzaro says his science background has equipped him for his current role as the horticulturist for one of the country’s largest macadamia farming organisation as horticulture becomes more data driven and conscious of its ecological impact.

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Bee Friendly Farming at Macadamia Farm Management

With a PhD in the diets of honey bees and more than a decade spent studying entomology and agricultural ecology, Dr Chris Cannizzaro says his science background has equipped him for his current role as the horticulturist for one of the country’s largest macadamia farming organisation as horticulture becomes more data driven and conscious of its ecological impact.

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