Date(s) - Feb 17, 2018
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Oregon Coast Honey Lovers Festival – February 17, Yachats, Oregon
- Speakers w Displays w Vendors w Honey and Mead Tastings w Children’s Puppet Show
- Info on Beekeeping, Pollinators, Pollinator-Friendly Gardening
- Special dishes and beverages featuring honey, and themed goods and crafts – about town
Schedule of Events – please stay posted for updates
|Ongoing||Education / Displays (MP Rm)
Central Coast Beekeepers Association The Oregon Bee Project
Shonnard’s Nursery Pollinator Restoration Project
Photo Display Bees Life Video Children’s Corner with bee mascot
Vendors (MP Rm)
Central Coast Beekeepers Association Shonnard’s Nursery The Thyme Garden Mushroom People’s Honey Honey Tree Apiaries J.W. Mercantile (Rm 5)
|Honey Tastings, presented by Jeffrey Warren, owner of J. W. Mercantile (Rm 5) 11:00 a.m., 12:45 p.m.|
|Mead Tasting, presented by Phillip Lorenz, co-founder/general manager of Nectar Creek (Rm 5)
|10:15 a.m.||The Wonders of Honey, by Fred Shelby, Shonnard’s Nursery (Rm 8)|
|Learn the factors that give honey its wide variety of flavors. Includes a honey tasting!
Fred Selby is the Beekeeping Specialist at Shonnard’s. As a second-generation beekeeper from Chico, California, Fred managed his father’s commercial apiary for 15 years, including caring for 6,000 hives and raising over 30,000 queens.
|11:00 a.m. Children’s Puppet Show, by Penny’s Puppet Productions (MP Rm by the stage)
Penny Walter, M.A. Education, wrote her master’s thesis on teaching with puppets in the classroom. She is the owner of Penny’s Puppet Productions, and writer, producer, and director of original mini-musicals that she performs at schools, festivals, libraries, camps, museums, parks, theaters, recreation centers, farmers’ markets, or anywhere kids and families gather.
12:00 p.m. Enhancing Alternative Pollinators for Orchards and Gardens, by Dr. David Gordon (Rm 8)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy 101. Admission: $5 suggested donation.
Dr. Gordon is an entomologist specializing in the ecology of bees. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Humboldt State University and doctorate in entomology from the University of California at Davis. After retiring from Pittsburg State University in 2015, he moved to Albany, Oregon. He is currently conducting surveys of native bees on the Kenagy Family Farm in Albany, and in the coastal dunes of Oregon. Dr. Gordon is renowned for his knowledge of coastal bees, and will be doing ongoing studies up and down the Oregon coast.
|1:00 p.m.||Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, by Darren Morgon, Shonnard’s Nursery (Rm 8)
We will discuss the food and habitat needs of these pollinators, and how to landscape to encourage and develop pollinator populations.
Darren Morgon is Nursery Manager at Shonnard’s with 30 years of industry experience. His specialties include plant identification, diagnostics, trees and shrubs, and vegetable and herb gardening.
|1:30 p.m.||Products of the Hive – Demonstration, by Becca Fain, CCBA and LCB (Rm 5)|
|Becca and her husband Rick have been keeping bees for 9 years on the Oregon coast and maintain about 12 hives. She is on the board of both the Central Coast Beekeepers and the Lane County Beekeepers and enjoys sharing information on turning bees wax and honey into other useful products.|
|2:00 p.m.||To Bee or Not to Bee – Is Becoming a Beekeeper Right for You? by Carolyn Breece, OSU (Rm 8)|
|Carolyn has been a research assistant for the OSU Honey Bee Lab since 2009. Prior to that, she studied mosquitos at the University of Oregon and bark beetles at Northern Arizona University. She manages the 60 colonies of bees at the OSU apiary and in addition, she has eight colonies of her own. She sells her honey under the label, “Honey, I Love You.”|
|3:00 p.m.||The Oregon Bee Project: Oregonians working together to keep our state bee-friendly
by Dr. Andony Melathopoulos, OSU (Rm 8)
Did you know Oregon has over 500 species of bees, including four species that are actively managed in ingenious ways for crop pollination? Come and learn who these bees are and some of the weird and wonderful features of their lives. The talk will also provide an overview of a state-wide strategy to keep Oregon bee-friendly, a strategy that leverages the patchwork of pollinator-friendly crops and adjacent natural areas in order to strengthen the state’s agriculture.
Dr. Andony Melathopoulos is an Assistant Professor who leads OSU’s efforts to design, implement and evaluate a state-wide pollinator health program. OSU’s work around pollinator health comes out of a mandate from the Oregon Legislator. Each year he provides training to over 1500 pesticide applicators on how to reduce pesticide exposure to pollinating insects, he hosts a weekly podcast on pollinator health (PolliNation) and is currently working on a number of education products designed for helping homeowners and landscapers better understand how to manage pests while minimizing impacts to pollinators. He also sits on the steering Committee of the Oregon Bee Project, which coordinates pollinator health work across state agencies. He has over fifteen years of experience in pollinator health extension, which includes over 30 peer-reviewed papers, speaking at industry and public meetings, writing for trade journals (over 40 articles), conducting qualitative risk assessments for government agencies and developing public education activities.
All Day About Town – honey lovers food & drink and pollinators themed goods & crafts.
Many shops and restaurants throughout Yachats will participate in the honey and pollinator-friendly theme.