Ben King, a fourth-generation almond farmer, has planted cover crops on his farm for more than five years. “It comes out of a love for bees,” King said, “and recognizing the importance of taking what nature gives you and acting as a steward.”
King notes that while bee hives regularly leave the orchard stronger than they arrived due to the nutritious almond pollen, the effect is amplified with the addition of more floral biodiversity via blooming cover crops.
This work builds upon a longstanding commitment to pollinator health. Since 1995, the California almond community has supported 126 research projects – more than any other crop group – to address the five major factors impacting honey bee health, including varroa mites, pest and disease management, lack of genetic diversity, pesticide exposure, and access to forage and nutrition. Check out our announcement to learn more about the Pollinator Plan update and how almond farmers are improving on-farm biodiversity.
To learn more about the partnership between almonds and bees, along with the California almond community's commitment to protecting pollinators, visit Almonds.com/Bees.