Bee Friendly Farming
Everyone can support our pollinators as a BFF farmer, gardener or sponsor.
Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) is a certification program that works with land managers to help protect, preserve and promote pollinator health. BFF provides guidelines for farmers and gardeners to promote pollinator health on their lands.
The BFF Australian program is overseen by a national taskforce of Australian experts, including scientists and farmers, who set standards for sustainable farming on important concepts like planting pollinator food resources, providing nesting habitat, and incorporating an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy.
BFF helps ensure the future of both pollinators and sustainable agriculture as it expands across Australia and around the globe.
Tree Grants – up to $100,000 on offer
With generous support from BFF partners, One Tree Planted and Flow Hive, up to $100,000 is being offered as tree grants to support tree plantings on BFF CERTIFIED farms.
Grants valued between $500 to $10,000 are on offer. Applications must be received on or before 5pm AEST on Wed 15 September 2021.
Bee Friendly Farming Categories
The Bee Friendly Farming program recognises, engages, and supports BFF participants and pollinators everywhere. The BFF program has three categories that allow for engagement with all participants in pollinator conservation while addressing their landscape goals: Bee Friendly Farming CERTIFIED, Bee Friendly Farming GARDEN, and Bee Friendly Farming PARTNER.
By becoming a Bee Friendly Farming member, you can help preserve and protect the pollinator populations by implementing positive, incremental changes on your property. BFF helps farmers incorporate affordable, simple, science-based guidelines, like offering nutrition and habitats for bees, and integrated pest management strategies. Program members are an essential part of keeping our pollinators healthy and food supply abundant. Join 800 other members by applying today.
Why you should get involved
Pollinator populations are in decline, but we know how to help. Everyone can play a role in protecting and saving our pollinators. Producers can help by adopting bee friendly agricultural practices and becoming certified in our Bee Friendly Farming program. Everyone else can help by supporting farmers and organisations that are bee friendly. You can directly impact our cause by becoming a Bee Friendly Farming Sponsor.
What are the Criteria for Certification?
- Offer forage providing good nutrition for bees on at least 3%* of land. Forage can be temporary, including cover crops.1–14
- Provide bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season, especially in early spring and late autumn. There is no minimum land coverage for seasonal bloom.15–28
- Offer clean water for bees if not inhibited by government mandated water restrictions.29–31
- Provide permanent habitat for nesting through features such as hedgerows, natural brush, buffer strips, or bare ground.32–39
- Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM); reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals. 40–44
- Pay the annual certification fee.
- Complete the compliance form once every 3 years (audited by the BFF Australia Task Force).
Featured News and Articles
Wayfinder in Western Australia’s Margaret River wine region has wider ambitions than simply creating a delicious drop in a bottle. Theirs is a long-term vision to integrate habitat conservation, environmental restoration, and organic certification for their vineyard and farm.
Bee Friendly Farming’s popular tree grants are now open, with farmers across the country being supported to join the pledge to plant 100,000 trees for bees.
Multi-generational family farmers have recently enhanced local habitat by revegetating almost a hectare of less-productive pasture. The Peel family is one of the first successful applicants for Bee Friendly Farming® certification in Australia, and they are also recent successful recipients of funding from the affiliated Tree Grants program.
IPM reduces insecticide applications by 95% while maintaining or enhancing crop yields through wild pollinator conservation
Food production and ecosystem sustainability are not necessarily conflicting goals according to a recent publication by Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette.