The honeybee is an important partner for almond growers. At Blue Diamond we want to protect and nourish honeybees so we promote healthy bees as well as a healthy crop of almonds.
Our growers are strongly encouraged to develop long-term relationships with beekeepers to ensure honeybee health and adopt the Honeybee Best Management Practices developed by the Almond Board of California. In addition, we have formal partnerships with leading honeybee health organizations such as Project Apis m. and the Pollinator Partnership. Many of our growers take part in programs such as Seeds for Bees and Water for Bees. These programs provide pollinator-friendly flora in and around the orchards and clean water hydration stations to provide the resources honeybees need to flourish before and after the almond bloom.
Blue Diamond’s growers have contributed significant funding to more than 120 research projects through the Almond Board of California. These projects span all major factors impacting honeybees: varroa mites, pests & diseases, genetic diversity, pesticide exposure, and forage and nutrition.