Promoting Pollinators on the Farm

Erica Zorilla of Charmed Life Farm makes a conscious effort to care for the pollinators that, in turn, take care of us.

Pollinators-inspects, birds and even some small mammals-are responsible for one out of every three bits of food that we humans eat... including favorites like fruit, almonds, avocados, coconuts, coffee and chocolate.

Without pollinators, we wouldn't be able to have avocado toast and an iced mocha cold brew with coconut mild before heading to the barn!

Pollinators also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soil, and support other wildlife. Since my horses live outside, I'm dedicated to creating an environment where they can breathe clean air and graze on grass from healthy soil. But pollinators as a whole, not just honeybees, are declining in population due to loss of habitat, pollution, the use of chemical pesticides, disease and climate change.

I limit pesticide use. This is tough for us equestrians as we're always battling flies, mosquitos and other insects. Thankfully, some companies are making natural fly sprays that are super effective against pests yet safe for beneficial insects. My current go-to is Equiderma Neem and Aloe Herbal Horse Spray.