Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat

Bright pink flower with monarch butterfly on it, with a background of field of flowers, trees and farm building

For more than 10 years, NCAP has worked with farmers in southern Idaho to install beneficial insect habitat. We have partnered with several local farmers to install habitat on their farms.

Examples of Beneficial Insect Habitat Installations

St. John's Organic Farm
Emmett, ID
Established in 2016

More details coming soon...

Two people putting a plant into the ground

Valley Pacific Farm
Buhl, ID
Established in 2015

Valley Pacific Farm is a 300 acre farm that specializes in production of dry beans, barley, wheat, corn, and alfalfa hay. The goal of habitat establishment at this site was to provide bee habit adjacent to fields where crops were growing. Matt Townsend, of Valley Pacific Farms, wanted to take an area, in this case a pivot base, that was unproductive and turn it into something of value. Review the case study here

Pivot base with farm fields behind it

Purple Sage Farm
Middleton, ID
Established in 2015

Purple Sage Farm is a 35-acre organic farm that produces culinary herbs, specialty greens, fruits, and vegetables. The goals of establishing habitat at this site was to provide pollination and pest management. Particular site considerations include establishing the habitat in a central location on the farm with adequate access to sunlight and the existing irrigation system. Review the case study here

Planting with hoop houses in the background

To learn more about our pollinator and beneficial insect educational events, see resources from our Bee Conscious field day and Day 1 of the 2017 Organic Farming Conference. Also learn about our 2019 Field Day and our 2017 Field Day. 

Additional Resources:
Establishing Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat on Farms in Idaho: An Installation Guide

Establishing Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Habitat on Farms in Idaho

Idaho Pollinator Habitat Assessment Form and Guide: Farms and Agricultural Landscapes


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