By Betsy Thorpe
The management team at the West Nashville Community Farm recently introduced two bee hives into the farm’s eco-system. Most flowering plants are fertilized when bees and birds transfer pollen from one plant to another.Pollination is an important step in the completion of a plants life cycle and when nature does not provide enough wild bees and birds to pollinate a cultivated garden, growers will often add bee hives to their plot.
Bees are especially beneficial to farmers growing cucumbers, squash, melons, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and tomatoes. In addition to the benefits of pollination bee colonies also provide farmers with an ongoing supply of honey.
The growers at the West Nashville Community Farm use natural farming methods and the utilization of honey bees for pollination and fertilization is just one example the sustainable agricultural practices employed at the farm.