As spring’s work peaks, I’d like to share a few highlights of last weekend’s “Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land” forum in Minneapolis, where SFA sponsored an informational table. The gathering was convened by Beyond Pesticides, University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and Organic Consumers Association.
Top of my mind was the connection between food-producing practices and healthy soil to the well-being of pollinators, plants, insects, birds, animals and people. “Soil Health through Regenerative Practices,” a compelling presentation that featured the Five Principles of Soil Health, made the connection. It can be heard along with other presentations by contacting Beyond Pesticides at 202.543.5450.
“From Soil Microbiota to Gut Microbiota” featured Dr. David Montgomery and his new book “The Hidden Half of Nature” about the connection between healthy soil and healthy digestion. A great presentation, his book promises to be a great read.
If you think you’re helping pollinators by planting “garden variety” seeds, hold on. Plant starts in many garden centers across the country are coated with or are grown from seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown listing for local producers who may be contacted about whether their seeds, plants, mulch and products use these neonicotinoid. Visit www.beyondpesticides.org for a comprehensive directory of seed companies, organizations and farms that sell organic seeds and plants to the general public.
Also, bit.ly/pesticidepolicymap shows a map of over 115 communities in 21 states, including Minnesota, that have adopted policies to protect communities from pesticides and daily toxic chemicals and that promote alternate production practices.
Help SFA keep the land healthy, and in turn, our hives and our lives! Contribute to our matching grant campaign that will be used to fund our Pasture Project work that educates folks on how to build soil health by adding livestock to the landscape. We’re nearing the $12,000 mark and need your help today!