An Eco-Environmental Project With an Economic focus
Wild Bee International LLC
Belle Abeille Project (Gard, France)
Upper Rogue Pollinator Project (S. Oregon, USA)
How 1000 hectares = 2000 hives/ 1000 acres = 1000 hives
The Upper Rogue Pollinator Project is based upon existing agricultural methods with a different focal point – pollinators.
Pollinators play a key role in rebuilding self-sustaining environments. Since no one crop will sustain pollinators through the entire growing season, wise use of unused property surrounding crops is paramount. Developing and utilizing plants that are pollinator-friendly, drought resistant, and which flower during dearth periods, can only help to build a sustainable environment for pollinators.
Sainfoin is well documented about meeting many of the world needs in regard to resisting climate change. It improves soil and water conservation, increases nitrogen fixing, reduces methane and nitrates, increases animal and by-product yields, and extends food for birds.
It is a major source of nectar and pollen for pollinators. Utilized in conjunction with dearth period/drought resistant varieties of plants, shrubs and trees, a foundation including Sainfoin can be built to sustain pollinators throughout the growing season.
Sainfoin has a positive financial impact for farmers AND beekeepers, thereby creating economic viability.
It is widely recognized that the healthier the honey bee is, the more capable it is to resist many of these problems. Also, it is generally agreed that the healthier and varied the environment is, the better honey bees can survive. Creating an environment on one acre/hectare that supports a hive all season can be accomplished. As super-organisms, hives of honey bees are indispensable to their environment.
As this project grows, so will the beekeeping industry and its positive environmental impact. Conceptually, there is a need to create a community focus on a specific land mass within natural barriers. Establishing a community center – where all the different aspects of the project are localized – requires a location where a research center can be started. The research center is designed to raise a species of Sainfoin adapted to the area. It will also include a queen rearing facility to develop a localized hygienic and resistant strain of honeybees. Other pollinator research can be conducted there, too.
The center would also be a focused area for community outreach, allowing for schools and organizations to learn and teach about bees, Sainfoin, and self-sustaining agriculture.
This site would also accommodate a large nursery focused on raising the plants, shrubs, vines, and trees for the project. These benefits will assist in building community social capital.
There is intrinsic value in creating a clean/healthy environment. Products from this kind of environment are continually rising in value and demand. The size of the project would allow building a ‘Brand’ for its products, again increasing project value.
This project falls within the scope of the U.N. established Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, I.P.B.E.S. This organization was founded to assist with funding projects proposed by individual governments that fall within the platforms
requirements. To receive IPBES funding, the project requires funding from different sectors of established federal, state, and county government agricultural programs. The project will also seek local, private, and corporate funding. Its initial goal will be to achieve 1000 acres of Sainfoin in full production in 8-10 years. Once the initial goal has been achieved the project will become self-sustaining.