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Almond pollination season underway in the Central Valley

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February means it's almond pollination season in the Central Valley.

Jimmy Gardiner is a local almond farmer and beekeeper. He does both because, without bees, there can be no almonds.

Bees carry pollen from flowers to almond trees, allowing the almonds to blossom. It's called cross-pollination. It's a harmonious relationship.

"This is the first crop, the first food source really coming out of a winter that gets them going for the rest of the year," said Gardiner.

Bees don't just pollinate almond trees, but most of the food we eat.

"If you look at your plate, off of those 90 crops, there's quite a few items that a bee has touched that we're eating off of every single day," said Gardiner.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, bees are responsible for about one-third of food production around the globe. This is why these tiny but crucial creatures are being shipped to the Central Valley.

"We also have partnerships with beekeepers that we've had for 10 years that are coming from different areas, different states, or different parts of California," said Gardiner.

So as long as busy bees are buzzing, Central Valley farms will keep producing food for us and the rest of the world.



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