September 23 AND September 26, 2015: Create a Pollinator Paradise Workshop and Garden Tour

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AND Saturday September 26, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. This is the same workshop offered on two different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small.

Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators.

Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. The garden is comprised of 160 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina.

Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata) grown by local nursery Mellow Marsh Farm to take home to plant for pollinators! These species are great for both bees and monarch butterflies.

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Space is limited so please register early to reserve your spot. The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes a CD of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants. Call 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos for more information. To register, download the registration form and mail with your check.

SCBA is developing a plan to become a Bee City USA

A group of us from SCBA went to the Union County Beekeepers meeting Monday night in Monroe, NC. We at Stanly County Beekeepers are interested in pursuing the Bee City USA designation for Albemarle and Locust NC. Hearing Ms. Phillis Stiles talk about the program was helpful.

Apparently there are four things that need to happen to become qualified for this program:
1) An ongoing committee needs to meet regularily to talk about various pollinator needs around the community;
2) The city must put up a sign indicating they’re a Bee City USA member;
3) The city much have an annual event educating the public about pollinators; and
4) We need to reapply annually by sending in our year’s activities showing what we’ve done to promote pollinators throughout the community.

The way Ms. Stiles talked it seemed easy. Next we discuss how to approach/educate our city officials. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

by Pat Allen, Webmaster