Pollinator Habitat Established on Indiana Farm
August 14, 2015
Two years ago, in 2013, Michael Fields Agricultural Insititue was the recipient of a very substantial gift of land from Betty Refior Phelps of Whitewater, Wisconsin. It was a very gracious gesture from a great lady who believed in the work of Michael Fields and had participated, over the years, in several of MFAI’s Whole Farm Workshops. Besides having an interest in seeing the 226 acre farm transitioned to an organic system of farming, Betty also wanted a place for bees to do their work and a few weeks ago on a sunny afternoon on the farm near Amboy, Indiana a group of Betty’s family and friends dedicated a stone marker in her honor.
This is just a beginning, but there is now a 3.5 acre portion of the farm which will have pollinator habitat established for the bees. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provided EQIP Program funds to help cover the costs of establishing the Pollinator Habitat. Betty and her family were very supportive of this effort and they join Michael Fields Agricultural Insititue in celebration of making Betty’s dream a reality. Helping bees do the very necessary work of pollination has been and will continue to be a priority for Michael Fieds. Thank you, Betty, for your vision and your generosity.