Conservation of Wild Blueberry and Cranberry Pollinators

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1997: $3,950.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1997
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $3,600.00
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:


  • Fruits: berries (blueberries), berries (cranberries)


No practices identified

Proposal summary:

Sanford Kelley Jr. and Robert Hammond will continue efforts to promote the growth of bumble bees and alfalfa leafcutter bees, two wild native pollinators of blueberries and cranberries. Their goal is to develop an effective alternative to renting honey bee colonies, which are increasingly expensive and threatened by disease and parasites.

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