JARDIN POLINIZADOR VILLAGRAN
VILLAGRAN, Guanajuato, Mexico
Certified through 2022
Jardín Polinizador Sitio Villagrán
About the Program
Bayer's Jardín Polinizador project is a 1.3 acre pollinator garden located at the company's Villagrán site in Guanajuato, Mexico. Bayer established the garden not only to serve as habitat for the monarch butterfly, but also to improve sustainability by recovering sunflower seeds to sow and collecting weeds to use as compost. The team engages agronomists, environmental engineers, safety and machinery personnel and volunteers in caring for the garden on a biweekly basis. Bayer seeks to become a benchmark company in the area, contributing to the replication of similar projects.
Practices and Impacts
- The team recorded approximately 20 different plant and flowers species each year. The team observed different pollinators using the habitat, including Leptophobia aripa, Danaus plexippus, Apis mellifera, Bonbus terrestris, Polybia occidentalis, Cotinis mutabilis, and Trochilidae.
- The pollinator garden was created in July of 2017 and relied on the involvement of around 20 employees, some of them part of a multidisciplinary committee, responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring the vegetation and the pollinators that visit the garden. The project also has the involvement of volunteers who maintain and, when necessary, replace some of the plants. The planted garden, with about 58% of native species of plants, was successful in attracting an average of 5 different pollinator species every month.
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