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Help for the bees (01/19/2014)
From: Bernadette

Mahfood,

Business Director, FRFF

Mike Kennedy,

Board Chair, FRFF

It is good to see that mainstream media has recognized the plight of bees and other pollinators. Winonans will have several opportunities in the next month to find out more about bees, pollination and gardening for pollinators.

Frozen River Film Festival will show “More Than Honey” 10 a.m. until noon January 26 in SLC 120, WSU. Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Following the film, Ian Lane from the University of Minnesota will describe the Struggles of Native Minnesota Bees. What may be surprising is that the honey bee is just one of over 320 bee species that call Minnesota home. Who are these other bee species? Why are they important? What challenges do they face? And how can I help? Are some of the important questions we will explore.

From 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. January 26, in SLC 120, WSU, Master Gardeners Chris Meyer and Thomas Kujawa will provide information on Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden. By understanding what pollination is, who the pollinators are and why they are important, gardeners can create a pollinator friendly environment. The gardener needs to know something about the lifecycle and needs of pollinators, plants and their relationship in order to provide shelter and food. This talk will give a “how to” for the gardener who wants to attract specific kinds of pollinators. There will also be a section on Integrated Pest Management as an alternative to insecticides and Minnesota’s law regarding pesticides.

Tickets can be obtained at Chapter 2 Books, 121 W. 3rd St or at the door for $8 each session.

For more information go to www.frozenriver.org

As part of an Urban Micro-Farming workshop series, professor Bruno Borsari will conduct two workshops: one on February 1 on Beekeeping Basics and on March 15 on Gardening for Pollinators. They will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winona State University Campus, as part of Exploring Practical Approaches to an Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle.

Register online at: winona.augusoft.net Search keyword: micro-farming.

For more information contact: WSU Outreach and Continuing Education 507.457.5080 or continuingeducation@winona.edu

 

 

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