Did you know that the Ohio Buckeye tree (Aesculus glabra) depends upon pollinators to reproduce? Our Sidney Ford dealership's namesake is pollinated by hummingbirds, as well as several species of bees.
This is significant for proud Ohioans, because many of those pollinating insects have been facing a sharp decline for three decades. Many agricultural crops that have been historically important to Ohio's economy could be at risk if the bees disappear, including:
At the Ford Rouge Complex in Dearborn, engineer Mary Mason is helping to take care of the bees. The complex features one of the largest "living roofs" in the nation -- about 454,000 square feet of rooftop is planted with succulent Sedum flowers, which reduce runoff. To support the living roof, Mason keeps two hives with about 40,000 bees in each.