Stuck on Milkweed

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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

There are more than 100 species of Milkweed (Asclepias species) in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, and they get their name from the sticky white sap that seeps from leaves and stems when damaged.  They occur in many types of environments, from moist sites in the Northeast to deserts of the Southwest. Milkweeds are an […]

Biodiversity Series on Natives Bees | Native Bee Group: Bumblebees

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This blog marks the beginning of our series on biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to all of the living organisms on earth, which include plants, animals, bacteria and fungi.  Many species are being threatened with extinction due to the activities of humans.  Pollution, habitat loss, climate change, and population growth have put many species at risk of […]

Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

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For the last decade, Applewood Seed Co. has proudly supported Denver-based AfricAid in providing robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. The programs they support are run by their Arusha-based sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), an organization led by two remarkable Tanzanian […]

September is National Honey Month!

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The beekeeping season is winding down, and many beekeepers are busy with their honey business making September the official National Honey Month.  Generally, honey is ready to harvest in late summer when a colony has built up surplus honey.  The honey is cured and capped in the honeycomb cells. A single bee can visit up […]

Flowers for Honey Bees and Wild Bees in the Prairie Pothole Region

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The following factsheet is a result of work done by Clint Otto and colleagues at the USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota. Clint’s team developed the factsheet in part with information gathered through the Bee Integrated project that is coordinated by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. It highlights forbs that are preferred […]

Host Plants for Your Butterfly Garden

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Butterfly Mixture

Everyone loves butterflies for their wonderful array of colors and patterns as well as their graceful movements. Images of butterflies have been popular for jewelry, decoration and crafts for centuries. Butterflies undergo an amazing metamorphosis from egg, to caterpillar to beautiful, winged adult. It is possible to plant flowers in a home garden to attract […]

Applewood Seed Company Announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan

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Arvada, CO – Gene Milstein, founder, and his wife, Dee Milstein, co-owner of Applewood Seed Company, announce the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), transferring significant ownership of the company to current and future employees. As part of a comprehensive succession plan, the Milsteins formed the ESOP to implement their goal of keeping […]

What are Prairie Strips?

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The CP-43 Prairie Strips practice is a CRP Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) initiative and is intended to provide benefits to both farmers and the environment in agricultural areas. They are composed of diverse, herbaceous, perennial vegetation that includes both grasses and wildflowers. They must be positioned on the landscape to most effectively deal […]

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