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Century Farms wanted for a Pollinator Habitat Project

We are looking for 200 Century Farms to take part in a pilot program to help create habitat for pollinators.

Participating farms will receive a free pollinator seed mix with flowering plants that will bloom throughout the year. This provides maximum protection and food for bees, insects and other pollinators.

You must have a quarter-acre sized plot of land to dedicate for pollinator habitat and agree to prep the land before the seed is delivered in spring.

We will accept applications until November 30. If we have more than 200 applications, farms will be split into four regions and 50 farms will be randomly chosen from each region of the state.(Eastern, Central, Piedmont, Western)

Chosen farms will be notified by mid-December. The seeds will be delivered by Roundstone Seeds at the optimum planting time.

For more information, contact Bill Yarborough.

 

Establishment tips for your N.C. Pollinator Blend

  1. Be patient – Pollinator plants may be slow to establish and most often spend their energy the first year developing root systems. Do not expect full ground cover in your first growing season.
  2. Control competition – Because varieties produce minimal surface growth the first year, they cannot withstand weed competition depriving the seedlings of sunlight and moisture. Two or more herbicide treatments prior to seeding may be needed to eliminate competition.
  3. Planting depth is critical – Do not plant seed deeper than ¼-inch. Carefully control drill settings, or if broadcast seeding on tilled soil, cultipack it before and after broadcast seed.
  4. Seeding dates – Best seeding is from April 15 through June 30 after effective competition control.  Dormant seeding between November 1 and March 1 can be very effective when competition control has been completed before seeding.
  5. Maintenance – If weed competition persists, mow periodically, making sure to mow just above emerging native plants. Thatch removal in later years by burning or raking will help maintain a healthy stand.

Funding for the NCDA&CS Pollinator Habitat Project is provided bySyngenta logo

 


There are two mixes:

All Native Mix

Kind, (Botanical Name), Color, Bloom Period

 

Native and non-native mix

Kind, (Botanical Name), Color, Bloom Period

For more information, contact Bill Yarborough.



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