Saturday, June 14, 2014
Honeybees & Native Pollinators: Free Class
Learn all about honeybees and native pollinators
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Ken Bower
Location: Whole Food’s Community Room (St. Francis location)
RSVP to 505-983-9706 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The pollination process is necessary for most of our important commercial food and nursery crops. The honeybee is the major pollinator for crops such as grapes, onions, cucurbits, almonds and fruit crops. The honeybee is the insect most used to pollinate these crops, but New Mexico has over 500 species of wild bees other than honeybees as well as various other wild pollinators.
This class will provide an in-depth look at the pollination process and its relationship to all of the New Mexico pollinators. An emphasis will be placed on the identification and flowering schedules of the plants most visited by all of the pollinators.
Ken Bower has had a passion for growing plants and vegetables since his youth. Living in Santa Fe for the past 15 years, he and his wife created Eldorado Windy Farm. He completed the Master Gardener course in 2001, sells his lavender products and beeswax at the Eldorado Farmer’s Market and assists friends the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. Ken is also a beekeeper and active member of the Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers Association. For the past couple years Ken has been actively recording the flowering schedules of plants to determine which pollens are most sought after by his bees. Suggested $10 donation or become a 2014 Member for $35 with $250 value and all free classes, potlucks and tour.