[permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] National Pollinator Week Events This Week!]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Mon Jun 25 07:10:25 EDT 2007


For those in North Carolina and any one else interested.
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Subject: [SANET-MG] National Pollinator Week Events This Week!
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 06:58:41 -0400
From: Debbie Roos <debbie_roos at NCSU.EDU>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and North
Carolina State University invite you to join in the celebration of the first
annual National Pollinator Week June 24-30 with two days of educational
programs on Wednesday June 27 at Pittsboro’s Chatham Marketplace and
Thursday June 28 at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.
 
Did You Know…?
 
About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move
their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization. Most
pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants,
butterflies, moths, and bees. A small percentage of pollinators are
vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats, and small mammals such as mice.
 
Pollinators are essential components of the habitats and ecosystems that
many wild animals rely on for food and shelter. As landscapes are converted
from wild to managed lands, many pollinators’ habitats may be destroyed or
fragmented. These changes can lead to the loss of wildflowers used by
pollinators for foraging, nesting, and/or egg-laying.
 
Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fiber,
spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce
the goods on which we depend. Examples include blueberries, melons,
chocolate, coffee, peaches, vanilla, almonds, apples, oranges, lemons,
carrots, avocados, onions, broccoli, and much more!
 
Honey bees are the primary insect pollinator of approximately 100 crops
nationwide. Honey bees are responsible for one-third of everything that
people eat every day! In North Carolina, many of the economically important
crops such as cucumbers, apples, blueberries, and melons are dependent on
honey bees for pollination and account for $100 million every year.
 
We have two days full of educational programs scheduled for both Chatham
Marketplace and Weaver Street Market. The schedule is slightly different for
each store, so please see the program schedule below for details. Come learn
about the fascinating world of pollinators, their role in our food system
and ecosystem, and what you can do to help protect them.
 
Wednesday June 27 at Chatham Marketplace

Chatham Marketplace is located in historic Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsboro
Street, Suite 320 in Pittsboro, NC; visit their website at
http://www.chathammarketplace.coop/ for directions and store information.
 
1:00-1:45 pm – Protect our Pollinators and Plant a Bee Garden (that looks
great and provides forages for both honey bees and native bees!) –
Presentation by Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham
County Center
 
1:45-2:30 pm – Watch “bee TV” (observation hive), view exhibits, meet and
mingle with NCSU faculty and Chatham County Beekeepers, ask your burning
questions…
 
2:30-3:15 pm – How to Become a Backyard Beekeeper – Presentation by Dr.
David Tarpy, NCSU Apiculture Specialist
 
3:15-4:00 pm – Watch “bee TV” (observation hive), view exhibits, meet and
mingle with NCSU faculty and Chatham County Beekeepers, ask your burning
questions…
 
4:00-4:45 pm – Overview of North Carolina Pollinators – Presentation by Dr.
Steve Bambara, NCSU Entomology Specialist
 
 
Thursday June 28 at Weaver Street Market

Weaver Street Market is located at 101 East Weaver St. in Carrboro, NC;
visit their website at http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com/ for directions and
store information.

10:00-noon – visit the information tables and displays and talk with
beekeeping experts from NC State University, North Carolina Cooperative
Extension, the NCDA&CS, and the Orange County Beekeepers' Association.

Noon-1:00 - Bee Cage - watch an experienced beekeeper open a hive and talk
about bees and beekeeping; get your burning questions answered

1:00-1:30 – Protect our Pollinators and Plant a Bee Garden – Presentation by
Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center

1:30-2:30 - Bee Cage Demonstration repeated

2:30-3:00 - How to Become a Backyard Beekeeper - Presentation by Dr. David
Tarpy, NCSU Apiculture Specialist

3:00-4:00 - Bee Cage Demonstration repeated

4:00-4:30 - Overview of North Carolina Pollinators – Presentation by Dr.
Steve Bambara, NCSU Entomology Specialist

You will also be able to visit the produce section of Chatham Marketplace
and Weaver Street Market to learn which crops are pollinated by honey bees
and what this means to North Carolina’s economy. And check out the special
display of the many products of the hive available at each store, including
honey harvested by local beekeepers!

Debbie Roos, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent, will also provide
a sneak peek of her new Pollinator Conservation website where you can learn
about plants appropriate for the Piedmont region that will provide nectar
and pollen for bees and other pollinators; view photos of each plant species
and our common pollinators; and discover print and Internet resources to
learn more about pollinator conservation!

For more information about these events, contact Debbie Roos at
debbie_roos at ncsu.edu.

For more information about National Pollinator Week, visit the Pollinator
Partnership website at http://www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week.htm
 
We hope to see you there! Bring your family and join in the fun.
 
Debbie


Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Chatham County Center
Growing Small Farms Website:
http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms
Post Office Box 279
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Email: debbie_roos at ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.542.8202    Fax: 919.542.8246
 




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