Buckwheat, the Forgotten Food for Pollinators (and Humans)


Buckwheat is not only a nutritious cereal grain for humans and also many pollinators

Primarily found in Eastern Europe as a staple food, buckwheat was cultivated in Asia before being one of the earliest introduced crops to North America. Typically, the best land to grow buckwheat is late to frost in the fall and can be planted after a spring crop such as wheat. Low fertility soils can be helped with the addition of buckwheat as long as they are well-draining.

Making of a region specific bee fodder plant list


Isn’t that a mouthful?! And is what I’ve been doing for the last 3 months specifically for Grenada. I’ve been gathering for most of the year, finding little gems (like actual island specific plant books-which are very hard to come by on the island due to all the libraries being closed after hurricane Ivan due … Continue reading Making of a region specific bee fodder plant list

On-Going Research: Apis mellifera nectar, pollen and propolis sources


I haven’t really written about this per se, I think some people know that I’ve been working on this since I was in Senegal (2012) and found “Plants for Arid Lands” published by International Bee Research Association on the bookshelf which had a small chapter Bees and Honey in the Exploitation of Arid Land Resources … Continue reading On-Going Research: Apis mellifera nectar, pollen and propolis sources