The Urban Pollination Project is a University of Washington initiative designed to learn more about urban bee populations and how they affect urban garden yields. Volunteers grow three cherry tomato plants (one self-pollinated, one open-pollinated, and one that receives extra buzz-pollination with a tuning fork) and measure plant yield.
By comparing open versus self-pollinated plants, researchers will be able to tell how many more tomatoes are produced when plants have the available bumblebees visiting them. By comparing open versus tuning fork-pollinated plants, researchers will be able to tell whether more pollinator activity would increase tomato production.
Currently located only in the Seattle area, the project needs plant growers, as well as coordinating volunteers and administrators. You can also donate to the project at the Microryza website. For more information, contact urbanpollinationproject [at] gmail.com.