Howard invited me to teach about solitary hole nesting bees at the PDC via Skype. It would be best to do this in person, but I'm running short of time. So... my hour with you will be restricted to a face on a big screen in front of you.
Permies, and especially the PDC, is a wonderful environment to learn. I truly wish I could be there.
What we'll cover in this session:
I know a lot about pollination and how to make food pollinated. I've worked with researchers and commercial mason bee and honey beekeepers. It may surprise that we're doing things wrong. Monoculture started the whole honey bee mess...
here's a rough outline:
Outline honey bees... why we use them today as pollinators. Small history and digging into "why the bee gathers honey, stings, and how it operates." You're going to lose some assumptions you made here.
Introduce you to solitary bees. In particular, hole nesting bees that are super-pollinating bees. No honey, but great pollinators. Again... we'll look at the "why's" of the insect, not just "how to."
And some how-to's on both mason and leafcutter bees.
Why should you know about different types of bees? Less problems, they're native, and once you understand how and why they live/pollinate, you'll be able to use them in your gardens to produce more food.
How to live with the land and how to work with the land is important. How to get the most food from your land involves working with bees.
Dave Hunter, Crown Bees