The Flagship Program is comprised of farmers and nursery owners who lead the way in promoting pollinator diversity through a combination of practices such as creating and maintaining habitat, utilizing Integrated Pest Management strategies, judicious use of pesticides, demonstrating good communication with beekeepers, and supporting crops that provide floral resources for bees.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

This opportunity is open to all sectors of agriculture. We are seeking farms and businesses of varying sizes and of varying management strategies (i.e. organic and conventional).

How do I nominate a farm?

To nominate a farm, first please ensure that the farm owners are aware of the nomination.

Fill out the nomination form here: http://bit.do/flagshipfarms.

Flagship farms will be selected on a rolling basis beginning mid-March. Please submit your nominations at your earliest convenience.


2017 flagship farms

 

Gales meadow Farm

The incredible diversity of crops on the Gales Meadow Farm is pollen heaven! Owners and Operators regularly host Rogue Farm Corps interns and students, and participate in University-based research including dry farming, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Coalition, and the Culinary Breeding Network


Haueters bogs

Haueter's Bogs is surrounded on all sides by the native plants providing the bees of the area with even more resources. The farm is also home to a number of honey bee hives every year during cranberry bloom. The large flush of cranberry bloom the farm provides from June–July is a particularly important source of pollen and nectar for bumble bees. Haueter's Bogs supports such a high abundance of bumble bees that nearly all of the outbuilding on the property house a bumble bee nest.

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la creole orchards

La Creole Orchards is a young 10 acre olive orchard with an owner who is passionate about his trade and his desire to create a commercially viable olive oil Industry in the Pacific Northwest. It uses state-of-the-art water efficiency system for summer irrigation and actively supports research at Oregon State University to identify cold-hardy olive varieties for this region

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O'Loughlin Farms

The O'Loughlin Farms and garden is a private research station tracking onsite precipitation, testing slug biocontrol, and studying beetle predation and Northwestern garter and ringneck populations. It features long corridors of flowering tree species, flowering hedgerows, and blooming weeds along the field margins. Swatches of clover and phacelia and the large home garden, the “independence pollinator garden” makes for excellent habitat for all kinds of wildlife.

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ridgeline meadows farm

Ridgeline Meadows Farm is a small-scale certified organic farm is just as much an experimental farm as it is a production farm. Andrew Schwarz is part of a Dry Farm Collaborative through Oregon State University which is made up of 30 active farmers that are trialing this technique to conserve soil moisture instead of depending on irrigation.

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garnetts red prairie farm

This 92 acre farm in the Willamette Valley boasts a wealth of natural resources including a native oak savanna habitat, natural drainage, and a pond. Since 2010 the family of 6 has been slowly transitioning the farm to organic production, utilizing green manures and cover cropping to increase the soil structure and fertility.

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What are the requirements of the Flagship Program?

  • Attend a spring workshop
  • Participate in minimal online and in person surveys
  • Monitor onsite bee populations with the help of ODA staff
  • Demonstrate their commitment to maintaining existing habitat and/or providing additional habitat that meets the nesting and foraging needs of a broad array of pollinator species
  • Utilizing integrated pest management strategies through preventative pest measures, active monitoring, and management assessment
  • Judicious use of pesticides including a management strategy for potential spray drift
  • Where applicable maintaining a good working relationship with beekeepers through communication and a clear and concise pollination contract

 

What are the benefits?

  • Participants will receive statewide recognition of their efforts to protect and promote pollinator species.
  • Participants will receive signage to promote their farm and products.
  • Promotional materials will be develop that highlight the farms contribution to land stewardship and pollinator health.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to be connected to pollinator resources and subject area experts.
  • Participants will be directly connected to a larger effort to showcase the beneficial aspects of Oregon agriculture in ways that intersect pollinator health.
  • Participants will receive information about on-site bee communities.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to retain a bee reference collection for their farm.

 

How do I nominate a farm?

To nominate a farm, first please ensure that the farm owners are aware of the nomination.

Fill out the nomination form here: http://bit.do/flagshipfarms.

Flagship farms will be selected on a rolling basis beginning mid-March. Please submit your nominations at your earliest convenience.

 

Additional questions? Comments?

Please contact: Sarah Kincaid, Entomologist, Oregon Department of Agriculture

skincaid@oda.state.or.us

971-718-1195