The latest episode of SARE’s Our Farms, Our Future podcast series features Eric Lee-Mader, co-director of the Xerces Society pollinator program speaking with Rachel Coventry, beekeeper at Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Illinois, about the relationships between crops and pollinator conservation in agriculture.
“We’ve seen this ongoing trend of both hard years of beekeeping and increasingly bad news about wild insects,” says Lee-Mader. “On a positive note, I think that there are companies, there are individual farmers, there are policymakers, there are people within all strata of society who are more and more committed to trying to turn the tide.” Both Lee-Mader and Coventry are hopeful that conservation efforts will help stabilize invertebrate pollinator populations. Coventry agrees, “now that everyone is aware, they are aware that maybe there is something they can do and make a difference.”
The Our Farms, Our Future podcast was created to bring people together for important conversations about our food system, and to share the knowledge of agricultural professionals with a wider audience. Each episode features two members of the sustainable agriculture community in conversations about their successes, challenges, fears, hopes, lessons learned and projects to come.