Organic Farm Report: Bees LOVE Sunflowers

IMG_0240It always amazes us to see bees in action … take a good luck at this photo from our certified organic farm and you will see a bee getting ready to work some magic! Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators. This bumble bee is starting the pollination process without even realizing it! When bees land on a flower, like on this sunflower at our organic farm, their feet often slip into a little groove that holds pollen sacs. When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower—sticks to the hairs of her body. So when this bee on our sunflower flies away it carries off this sac, like a saddlebag stuck on its feet. We think organic farming is so cool!

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