Bee Friendly Farming
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.
Farmers are encouraged to support bees and other pollinators by incorporating affordable, simple, science-based practices such as providing nesting habitat, boosting food sources, increasing access to water and incorporating integrated pest and pollinator management strategies.
By incorporating bee-friendly practices, farmers can boost farm efficiency, improve biodiversity, and show their commitment to sustainability to consumers, customers and communities.
Bee Friendly Farming is good for business
Joining Bee Friendly Farming helps farmers:
- Boost farm efficiency and productivity through improved pollination.
- Improve biodiversity.
- Reduce 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.
Tree Grants – $1,000 to $10,000 on offer
Bee Friendly Farming’s popular tree grants will be back again later this year, with farmers across the country being supported to join the pledge to plant 100,000 trees for bees.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and land managers to plant pollinator-friendly trees that are indigenous to their farms, with Bee Friendly Farming providing farmers and land managers with $1 for every tree planted, thanks to grant partners One Tree Planted and Flow Hive.
Five ways to support bees and other pollinators on farms
- Offer forage that provides good nutrition for bees and other pollinators.
- Provide bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season, especially in early spring and late autumn.
- Offer clean water for bees to drink and cool their hives.
- Provide permanent habitat for nesting through features such as hedgerows, natural brush, buffer strips, or bare ground.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals and practise Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management.
Sign up to Bee Friendly Farming’s seasonal newsletter for tips and advice on how to make your farm more bee friendly.
Show your support for bees and improve farm productivity by becoming a Certified Bee Friendly Farmer today.
Honey bees and native bees join forces to boost macadamias
Dr Chris Cannizzaro explains how the Bee Friendly Farming program helps him manage pollination on the 350-hectare macadamia orchard on the PHC Property Trust farm at Bundaberg in Queensland. The farm has a mix of managed bee hives and native bees and Dr Cannizzaro is committed to building pollination efficiency through sustainable, productive ways.
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
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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.