Meet the pollinators
A pollinator is anything that moves pollen between plants or between plant parts. Our most prolific pollinators are insects like bees, butterflies, wasps, ants, flies, moths and beetles.
In early spring berry bushes require their pollen to move between plants in order for a flower to develop into a delicious blueberry. In the early spring our field is a-buzz with insects doing the job of moving pollen around the farm.
We love our pollinators because they help produce the delicious fruit but we also want to take care of them when that particular job is complete. By adding flowers and other plants to the farm we can feed our pollinators for many more months each year and keep them happy.
Last year we added some specific plants that butterflies prefer for hosting their young offspring:
- Parsley for Black Swallowtail Butterflies
- Milkweed for Monarch and Queen Butterflies
- Fennel and Dill for Swallowtail Butterflies
- Citrus trees for Giant Swallowtail Butterflies
We also planted Fire Bush, Red Spike, Potters Weed, and other flowers for the adult butterflies. We are a great location for butterfly watching and caterpillar hunting!