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June 11, 2010

Chatham County to celebrate National Pollinator Week

A bumble bee enjoys a Baptisia bloom - note the pollen baskets on her hind legs, filled with orange Baptisia pollen. (Debbie Roos photo)

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers' Association will host the 4th annual celebration of National Pollinator Week on Saturday, June 26, from 10am until 2pm on The Lawn at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.

The purpose of National Pollinator Week is to teach pollinator-friendly practices and raise public awareness of the importance of bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, birds and bats that help to produce 80 percent of flowering plants and one third of human food crops.

Come hear presentations about beekeeping -- how to get started, equipment needs, management tips -- from local beekeepers. Tour Cooperative Extension's Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills and learn how to attract and protect pollinators.

Visit the display tables and talk with local beekeepers. Watch expert beekeepers work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside), see honey bees up close and personal and get your beekeeping questions answered.

Visit the kids' tent with lots of activities including pollinator story time, scavenger hunt, beeswax candle making, Chatham County pollinator coloring books, papermaking and more. Watch "Bee TV" -- park yourself in front of an observation hive and watch the worker bees attending the queen.

Meet the local Chatham County beekeepers and learn all about what it takes to produce the nutritious and delicious local honey available at Chatham Marketplace. We will have beekeeping equipment and products from the hive for "show and tell."

View the complete schedule and get all the details on the Growing Small Farms website at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/2010pollinatorweek.html.

Posted by Natalie at June 11, 2010 02:06 PM