A new initiative is offering financial support to farmers, orchardists and other primary producers to protect pollinators and provide pollinator habitat on their lands.
Bee Friendly Farming® is offering up to $100,000 as tree grants to support tree plantings on BFF CERTIFIED farms. To launch the program, non-profit reforestation organisation One Tree Planted, and Flow Hive, an Australian B-Corp behind an innovative beehive design, have partnered with Bee Friendly Farming to support the planting of 5,000 pollinator-friendly trees at Jigsaw Farms, a 3,441ha mixed farming operation in Victoria that recently became BFF CERTIFIED. Various native species were planted in July 2021 to enhance habitat for pollinators, and serve as a model for future Bee Friendly Farms.
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“The Bee Friendly Farming Program is a very valuable ‘add-on’ which complements the other things we do and the Tree Grant adds value to our program and allows us to plant more trees,” says Mark Wootton from Jigsaw Farms.
The grants are valued between $500 to $10,000 and are available for trees greater than 2m in height (at maturity) that are native to the region, provide nectar and/or pollen rewards that support and encourage pollinator health and encourage a diversity of pollinators to enhance crop pollination outcomes. Successful applicants will receive a contribution of $1 per tree planted.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to help with the cost of improving habitat and floral resources on farms to support pollinators,” said Beth Dalgleish the Asia Pacific Ecosystem Director for partner One Tree Planted.
To be eligible to apply for these tree grants, the farm must be BFF CERTIFIED farm or have the BFF CERTIFIED application submitted and pending approval by the tree grant closing date on 5pm AEST on Wed 15 September 2021.
To apply for a grant, visit https://www.beefriendlyfarming.org.au/tree-grants-application/.
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