University of Vermont

The Women's Agricultural Network
Enhancing Native Pollinator Populations on Farms webinar

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases. John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble, and how we can bring back populations with ecologically sound farming practices, pollinator friendly plantings, and by providing nesting and overwintering habitat. John has a Master's Degree in Agricultural Entomology and over 30 years professional experience in sustainable agriculture as a university educator, researcher, extension agent, international consultant, and practicing organic farmer. According to John, his ‘final frontier’ is a long term ecological study in his own backyard, focusing on the 18 acres of organic fruit, meadow, and native pollinator sanctuary that make up The Farm Between, and he couldn’t be more excited about it.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EDT on April 17, 2014 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by April 10, 2014 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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