10th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration May 20 in Pittsboro

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Saturday May 20, 2017

9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the lawn at Chatham Mills

Organized and conducted by:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center

Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association

Thanks to our sponsor:

Starrlight Mead

Thanks also to our supporters for their donations:

Angelina’s Kitchen
Big Bloomers Flower Farm
Buck Naked Farm
Chatham Marketplace
Country Farm & Home
Cure Nursery
Green Panda Farms
Growing Wild Nursery
Mellow Marsh Farm
Niche Gardens
Oakleaf

Screech Owl Greenhouses

Bumble bee on coneflower

Bumble bee on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 10th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 am til 1:00 pm on The Lawn at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops.

All Pollinator Day activities are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine.

Address for the event: 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.

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Educational Programs

You can hear presentations about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from expert beekeepers. Watch an expert beekeeper work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside!) and see honey bees up close and personal. Learn about what to plant in your garden to attract butterflies and bees and other pollinators. Sample delicious baked goods made with local honey and get recipes for how to cook with honey.

Educational Program Schedule:

(Programs will be in one of the tents on The Lawn at Chatham Mills in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro)

The Beekeeping Demo in the Bee Cage will be ongoing throughout the morning.

10:00-10:30 am: Pollinator Garden Tour – Debbie Roos, Chatham County Cooperative Extension

11:00-11:30 am: Basics of Beekeeping – Judy Pick, Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association

12:00-12:30 pm:  Mead Making Demo – Ben and Becky Starr, Starrlight Mead

Show & Tell

From 9:00 am-1:00 pm, feel free to visit the display tables and talk with our Chatham County beekeepers and learn all about what it takes to produce the nutritious and delicious local honey available at Chatham Marketplace. Sample different honeys and foods made with honey, handle beekeeping equipment, learn about native bees, watch new bees emerging from honeycomb, and get your burning beekeeping questions answered. Local author Annette Meredith will be there with copies of her book Saving the Bees.

Pick up some educational literature to further your knowledge about honey bees, beekeeping, pollinators, and pollinator conservation. Learn about the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association and how you can get involved with this fabulously friendly group through monthly meetings and field days and even an email listserv – we welcome members of all skill levels: from never-tried-it (but always wanted to) to beginner to experienced!

Pollinator Garden Tour

At 10:00 am, Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give a tour of Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills and discuss how to attract and protect pollinators. The garden contains over 200 different species of perennials, most of them native to the piedmont of North Carolina. The garden provides three seasons of forage for bees and other pollinators.

Prize Give-Aways!

Growing Wild NurseryMellow Marsh Farm, and Cure Nursery donated several perennials and shrubs that will be given away during the day, and Niche Gardens Nursery and Big Bloomers Flower Farm donated gift certificates and we will be drawing winners for those throughout the day. Fine dining restaurant Oakleaf donated gift certificates, as did the wonderful Angelina’s Kitchen and our friendly neighborhood co-op, Chatham Marketplace. Photographer and Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give way some matted pollinator prints and cards. Look for the sign under the big tent to enter these drawings. Drawings will be at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm. You must be present to win. Buck Naked Farm and Green Panda Farms also donated gifts from their farm.

Mead Tasting and Mead Making Demonstration

Ever tried honey wine? Co-sponsors Starrlight Mead will be out on the lawn with us doing a mead tasting throughout the day and a mead making demonstration at noon. Starrlight Mead has also donated a gift certificate for a Mead Tasting for 4 people so folks can enter for a chance to win. Visitors can also visit the meadery where they produce their award-winning honey wines on the Chatham Mills property!

Kids’ Activities

Visit our kids’ tent with lots of activities for kids including a plant-a-pollinator-plant, beeswax candle making, scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon pollinators, Chatham County pollinator coloring books, and more! Watch “Bee TV” – park yourself in front of an observation hive and watch the worker bees tending to the queen. It’s mesmerizing! Talk to some of our young beekeepers who will be on hand to share their love of beekeeping.

Thanks to Country Farm & Home in Pittsboro for donating supplies for our kids’ pollinator planting activity!

While enjoying Pollinator Day, stop by the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market which will be on the lawn with us. Look for the bee stickers on items sold by the vendors that rely on bees for pollination! The market is open on Saturdays from 8:00 am-noon and offers fresh produce, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, soaps, plants, flowers, and much more.

All Pollinator Day activities are free and open to the public. This event will be held rain or shine.

For more information about pollinator conservation, visit Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Conservation website at www.protectpollinators.org.

Visit the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association website for more information about local beekeeping. For more information about this event, contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8244.

Chatham Beekeepers Ray and Judy talk about the Basics of Beekeeping

Chatham Beekeepers Ray and Judy talk about the Basics of Beekeeping

You can take home a pollinator plant!

You can take home a pollinator plant!

The honey tasting was very popular!

The honey tasting was very popular!

The kids enjoy pollinator games and face painting and balloons

The kids enjoy pollinator games and face painting and balloons

Nothing like a pollinator balloon to put a smile on a kid's face!

Nothing like a pollinator balloon to put a smile on a kid’s face!

Ben Starr of Starrlight Mead gives a meadmaking demonstration

Ben Starr of Starrlight Mead gives a meadmaking demonstration

This group enjoyed a tour of the pollinator garden!

This group enjoyed a tour of the pollinator garden!

Beekeeper and Girl Scout Molly taught visitors all about butterflies

Beekeeper and Girl Scout Molly taught visitors all about butterflies

The observation hive is always popular!

The observation hive is always popular!

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We have lots of activities for kids at Pollinator Day!

We have lots of activities for kids at Pollinator Day!

Don Hopkins removes a frame of bees to show what goes on inside a bee hive.

Don Hopkins removes a frame of bees to show what goes on inside a bee hive.

Lots of fun displays to enjoy at Pollinator Day!

Lots of fun displays to enjoy at Pollinator Day!

Cooperative Extension's Demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills

Pollinator Day activities include a tour of Cooperative Extension’s Demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Sam Groce, County Extension Director at 919-542-8202 or in person at the County Extension Office at least 14 days prior to the event.

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Photo of Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduChatham County, North Carolina
Updated on May 8, 2017
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