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Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market Pollinator Day

May 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday May 19, 2018 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 Chatham Marketplace Country Farm & Home Cure Nursery Growing Wild Nursery Mellow Marsh Farm Niche Gardens North Carolina Botanical Garden Pickle Jar Cafe Starrlight Mead Wild Birds Unlimited 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 11th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 19, 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. 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 – Lori Hawkins, 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 210 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 Nursery, Mellow Marsh Farm, Cure Nursery, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden 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. Chatham Mills restaurant Pickle Jar Cafe donated a gift certificate, 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. Wild Birds Unlimited donated a hummingbird gift package. Make sure and register for the drawings at the pop-up welcome tent when you arrive. Drawings will be at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am. 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, and other activities! 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.carolinapollinatorgarden.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.


May 19
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Chatham Mills
480 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312 United States
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