LOCALadk Magazine

LOCALadk Summer 2017

LOCALadk Magazine

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Summer 2017 LOCALadk Magazine 67 LOCALadk Buy local and organic food. Buy local and organic produce whenever possible. Conventionally-grown crops often rely on mono-cropping, which is highly destructive to pollinator habi- tat. Become a patron of your local farmers market and natural food stores, and look for the USDA organic label when shop- ping. Say no to harmful pesticides and herbicides. Pick weeds by hand instead of spraying toxic chemicals. Practice sustainable agriculture. Choose crops that are labeled non-GMO and plant a diverse group of species throughout your property. Choose natural pest management over the use of pesticides and in- secticides. Encourage the development of healthy soils and a wider variety of crops by planting cover crops, addressing erosion issues, and limiting tillage. Beekeeping. Reach out to local beekeepers and associations to find out if keeping bees is right for you and your property. Regionally, Local Living Ventures in Canton has a monthly bee group and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association has activities in the Albany-Saratoga region. While pollinators face difficult challenges, there are many opportunities to create a place for pollinators in the Adiron- dacks. If you are interested in learning more about the Ad- irondack Pollinator Project and seeing a full list of events this summer, please visit www.adkaction.org/pollinators

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