Our Goal: To ensure that the bees that pollinate our crops are healthy and happy.
Our California orchards are certified Bee-Friendly Farmed by the Pollinator Partnership. We also work closely with the California Pollinator Coalition, an organization dedicated to the resilience of native and managed bees, biodiversity and soil health.
As one of the world’s largest almond growers, we know that we have tremendous responsibility to ensure the health and wellbeing of all of our pollinators, especially the honeybee.
We currently dedicate over 3,300 acres (1,400 ha) to providing forage for bees and other pollinators and have planted more than 30 different varieties of plants that bees love, with bloom cycles staged throughout the year. We work hard to keep our pollinators healthy with our bee-friendly farming practices to prevent colony loss.
Crucial Beekeeper Partnerships
Our relationships are limited to just a handful of large, experienced beekeepers who minimize travel with their hives and ensure hive health, proper nesting, extended rest periods, shelter and hydration during almond bloom. We facilitate third-party audits of our beekeeper management practices and stay in constant communication so that we are able to provide the best possible habitats and care for bees.
Strategic Bee Colony Placement
Early and thoughtful bee placement helps with acclimatization. We host more than 700 honeybee hives over the winter at three Bee Sanctuaries—each boasting warm weather, plentiful water and several hundred contiguous acres full of flowers and forage. These extra steps mean that Pomona’s hives, on average, triple in size after one year with us.
Responsible Agricultural Application Processes
We never utilize any spray applications during bee flight hours. We minimize spray applications during the entire bloom period, but if they are necessary, they only occur when the bees are dormant between dusk and dawn. We never use neonicotinoids or chlorpyrifos (two pesticides that are harmful to bees). Additionally, Pomona employs the latest technologies and practices related to pest and weed management, significantly reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides overall.