Bee Safe Nurseries

A recent PW-sponsored survey looked for regional, state and local nurseries whose materials are truly bee safe. These nurseries do not use neonicitinoids in their soils or potting mixes. Thus far, our preliminary results found the following nine nurseries who we consider Bee-Safe:

That’s A Plenty Farm
76 Honey Pot Rd.
Hadley, MA 01035

Nasami Farm
Whately, MA 01093

Tripple Brook Farm
37 Middle Road
Southampton, MA 01073

New England Wetland Plants
820 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Project Native
342 North Plain Rd.
Housatonic, MA 01236

Sylvan Nurseries
1028 Horseneck Rd.
Westport, MA 02790

Bigelow Nurseries
455 W Main St,
­­­­­­­­­­Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 845-2143

Food Forest Farm
PO Box 6620
Holyoke, MA

North Creek Nurseries
388 North Creek Rd.
Landenberg, PA 19350
(610) 255-0100


  • chuck levin
    Posted May 12, 2015 at 10:14 pm | Permalink


    As one who’s trying to enhance biodiversity on my property by attracting pollinators: If a nursery does NOT appear on your survey list, does that mean that it uses neonicotinoids? Or just, perhaps, that you don’t have sufficient information to include it on your list? i.e, in addition to knowing which nurseries are definitively “safe,” I’d also love to know which ones to definitively avoid.

    Thank you!

    • Tom Sullivan
      Posted January 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Chuck,
      Sorry to be so late answering your question about nurseries. The listed nurseries self-reported that they did not use neonicotinoids in the soils they grew plants in. These nurseries also have growing practices consistent with balanced soils. Since our survey was a small sampling of nurseries in the state, and the region, our findings are not at all exhaustive. Much more effort and funding would be needed to find out dig deeper into the topic. There was also the added complication where some nurseries did not call us back, some took a message, and others simply wouldn’t answer our questions.

      If you want to use a nursery that is not on our list, you can start your own inquiry by asking the nursery 5 questions, which you can find on our homepage.
      One thing to keep in mind, the larger the nursery the less likely they will know what is in the soil or had been sprayed on the plants before they received them.

      All the best to you and the diversity of life,

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