Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Support Bakersfield's first certified organic nursery

Situation: Non-organic nursery stock has been shown to kill or damage individual bees, beehives, and native pollinators.  Beehives are collapsing at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that beekeepers have been losing approximately one-third of their hives each year.  But word of hive losses in the 70-90 percent range were reported last winter.  Of the 55 nurseries in Bakersfield and Kern County (8,161 square miles), none are certified organic. This leaves a dearth of certified organic nursery plants and seeds for the local organic gardener to choose from.  This lack of access to certified organic nursery stock leaves the whole county's bees vulnerable, and local homeowners and gardeners without options.  Here in the breadbasket of the nation, this is just unconscionable. 
Our Solution: Stop killing native bees and other pollinators due to the use of conventional nursery stock.  By using certified organic nursery stock, seeds, and supplies you can eliminate the risk of your garden poisoning native bees and pollinators. Organic, open-pollinated varieties of native and pollinator attracting plants will bring new wonders to your garden, increase the nutrition and decrease chemicals in your food, and let the bees and other pollinators thrive.
For more information on this project, please visit our kickstarter page here:

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