After the Analysis phase determines the optimal bees for farm pollination and beneficial wasps for integrated pest management, the Propagation phase’s goal is to increase the bee and wasp populations within their natural ranges.
Propagation will also build on and improve the best management practices determined during the Analysis phase.
Propagating bee and wasp populations includes a variety of methods. Depending on funding and guidance from the North American agricultural community, propagation methods may follow a fast or slow track.
Potential Propagation Techniques:
Propagation cages in fields and farms
Formal growing programs raised by local gardeners
Formal growing programs raised by local farmers and orchardists
Propagation programs in wild or park settings
Each propagation technique includes the opportunity to fine tune the best management practices determined during the Analysis phase. Participating gardeners, farmers, orchardists, and extension offices will be able to contribute valuable insight into raising native bees and beneficial wasps.
Central collaboration management.
To ensure lessons learned during Propagation are shared between bee raisers, Crown Bees will manage a central collaboration program. The intent is to efficiently share best management practices and ensure that bee raisers are using the best methods to improve bee health.
Sharing Best Management Practices
The optimal standards for raising native bees and beneficial wasps will be written and shared with farmers, gardeners, and extension offices. The optimal standards will include propagation techniques, overwinter storage, timing of release, in-field management, and transportation.