Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP):
Pollinator Habitat

Part of the Hansen Woodland Farm Stewardship Plan involves improving wildlife habitats, and therefore we pursued a grant in 2013 to improve our farm.

We are pleased to say that Hansen Woodland Farm was granted a Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) from the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources for Conservation Service (NRCS) for the development and maintenance of a pollinator habitat seeded with multi-seasonal wildflowers native to Eastern Washington.

Working with Rainier Seeds, Davenport, WA, we developed a seed mix that includes: Remont Sainfoin, Wyeth Buckwheat, Rubber Rabbitbrush, Blanketflower, Blue Appar Flax, Prairie Blue Mtn. Clover, Fleabane Daisy, White Yarrow, and Walla Walla Venus Penstomen. We also harvested seeds from wildflowers in other parts of our farm, including Lupines, Balsamroots, and Black-Eyed Susans.

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2013: Pollinator Habitat

We spent numerous hours plotting the parameters of the pollinator habitat, working with Ranier Seeds, and preparing the area for planting.

In the pictures below, you can see the progression in which we took the location for the pollinator habitat, from wild growth, then mowed, then raked/cultivated, and finally, seeded. The entire area, located on the western edge of our property, is approximately .5 acres, which we show in four different plots/sections.

Finally, in a separate action, we also purchased a Pacific Northwest Honey Bee Pasture Blend seed mix from Nature's Finest Seed to develop additional wildflower and pollinator-friendly gardens in two distinct supplementary areas of the farm -- Wildflower Areas 1 and 2. (The flowers seeded include: Alsike Clover, White Dutch Clover, Yellow Sweet Clover, Sainfoin, Lacy Phacelia, and Bluebells.) We also spent the fall harvesting seeds from local Yellow Coneflowers and planted them in the these supplemental areas.

CSP -- Pollinator Habitat (Wildflower Area 3)

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, Before Section 1: Before: Wild Growth

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, After Mowing Section 1: After Mowing

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, After Cultivating Section 1: After Cultivating; Seeding

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 2, After Mowing Section 2: After Mowing

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 2, After Cultivating Section 2: After Cultivating; Seeding

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 3, After Cultivating Section 3: After Cultivating; Seeding

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 4, After Cultivating Section 4: After Cultivating; Seeding

Wildflower Area 1

Pre-CSP, Wildflower Area 1 Wildflower Area 1

Wildflower Area 2

Pre-CSP, Wildflower Area 2 Wildflower Area 2

CSP Tractor Work

Tractor, with rake, used for CSP work Our handy farm tractor, used for both mowing and raking/cultivating

2014: Pollinator Habitat

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, Spring 2014 Spring in Section 1 of the pollinator habitat.

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, August 2014 August in Section 1 of the pollinator habitat.

CSP Pollinator Habitat, Section 1, Spring 2014 September in Section 3 of the pollinator habitat.


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