Saturday, April 28, 2012

6th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration in Pittsboro

I received this invitation through the Growing Small Farms list serve and thought I'd pass it along to all of you.  It looks like a fun and informative event!

Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 6th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm on the lawn at Chatham Mills in front of Chatham Marketplace 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. The event is co-sponsored by Starrlight Mead.
We have a great program planned for folks of all ages at our event here in Pittsboro. All activities are free!
You can hear presentations about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from local expert beekeepers. Tour Cooperative Extension’s demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills and learn how to attract and protect pollinators. From 10:00 am-2:00 pm, feel free to 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 burning beekeeping questions answered.
Ever tried honey wine? Co-sponsors Starrlight Mead will be doing a mead tasting and a mead making demonstration. Visitors can also visit the meadery where they produce their award-winning honey wines on the Chatham Mills property!
Visit our kids' tent with lots of activities for kids including a scavenger hunt, plant-a-pollinator-plant, beeswax candle making, face painting, 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!
We will be giving away native plants and gift certificates from local nurseries throughout the day, thanks to generous support from Niche Gardens, Mellow Marsh Farm, Cure Nursery, Big Bloomers Flower Farm, and Country Farm & Home Supply.
Visit the display inside Chatham Marketplace during the week of May 7.
For more details visit the Growing Small Farms website at

Thanks to the following local businesses for supporting our event:

We hope to see you there!

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