PROTECTING BEES AND POLLINATING INSECTS

Aware of the importance of the natural ecosystem that is home to their orchards, all Mylord’ ​growers are committed to protecting bees and pollinating insects under the BEE FRIENDLY® Certification.

Created by an association of beekeepers, BEE FRIENDLY® is the certification for farmers committed to protecting pollinating insects. It guarantees agricultural practices that are respectful of both domestic and wild bees. Mylord’ growers implement a number of actions designed to protect and respect the pollinators.

  • They provide the pollinators with “home and food”,
  • They preserve and develop biodiversity by planting diversified hedgerows, installing habitats, installing water points and protecting existing ones,
  • They reduce products that are harmful for pollinating insects,
  • They create partnerships with local beekeepers, schools and the general public, to increase knowledge and raise awareness.

STRENGTHENING BIODIVERSITY ...

Mylord’ growers have created a genuine ecosystem in and around their orchards, to favour the healthy development of the secondary fauna and the numerous inhabitants to be found in the soils. A number of actions and adaptations have been implemented by Mylord’ producers to provide them with shelter:

  • Nest boxes for tits, insect hotels,
  • Roosts for bats, perches for birds of prey, etc.,
  • Flower strips and multi-variety hedgerows adapted to our local conditions. These structures act as windbreaks but will also constitute a favourable habitat for the development and maintenance of secondary fauna and pollinators.

These actions as a whole will limit the arrival and the proliferation of pests, which are generally less numerous when there is a great diversity of plants.

... NOURISHING AND PROTECTING IT

The taste quality of our apples also depends on the good structure of our soils. Healthy soil equates to apple trees that develop well. To improve and maintain the life of the soil, Mylord’ growers enrich it by adding organic matter.

Throughout the season, winter included, they spread green waste compost around the base of the trees to provide all the nutrients necessary to improve soil fertility:

  • Regeneration of the land, with more living soils,
  • Disease protection for our trees, etc.

Mylord’ growers analyse regularly the activity and the life found in the soils. They are home to thousands of living things that make an essential contribution to their correct functioning: aeration, good water circulation, decomposition of all the organic matter (branches, leaves, composts) to transform them into nutritional elements. To study this life underground, our orchards are open all year round to agronomists and doctoral students.

OUR COMMITMENTS TO NATURE

Since 2018, all our farms and holdings are certified level 3 High Environmental Value, the highest level of certification. This certification covers all our activities to maintain biodiversity by guaranteeing non-producing areas in all agricultural activity. We help nature to do its job, and therein lies the essence of our profession.

Since 2019, a large section of our orchards have been certified BEE FRIENDLY®, a certification designed to encourage practices that respect bees and pollinating insects. The aim is to raise the awareness of producers and companies manufacturing and distributing everyday products of the high stakes involved in ensuring the survival of bees.

Mylord’ growers are committed to eco-friendly production methods that share the same set of principles: producing healthy, flavoursome and quality fruits with environmentally friendly production methods that respect biodiversity in the orchards.

As part of our ongoing environmental commitments, in 2018 we joined the “New Countryside Collective” (Collectif Nouveaux Champs). This is a grass-roots movement of producers committed to agricultural and environmental progress. Our actions are transparent, thereby strengthening everyone’s trust. Today we are in a position to offer apples with Zero Pesticide Residue. This is our contribution to the sustainable development challenges.

Mylord’ growers are committed to Organic Agriculture. Aware of the advantages that come from innovation in variety, they are constantly looking for naturally “ORGANIC” varieties.