Public invited to visit honeybees, wildflowers at Hawkshaw Apiaries in Madrid on June 24
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 5:20 pm

MADRID -- The public is invited to celebrate Pollinator Week 2018 with a visit to the honeybees and wildflower gardens at Hawkshaw Apiaries, where they can also learn about a county-wide Pollinator Protection program that they can join, simply by planting free wildflowers!

Local Living Venture and the Pollinator Protection Program are co-sponsoring this educational Wildflower Pollinator Habitat Open House & Tour with Hawkshaw Apiaries at 4147 CR 14 in Madrid, NY on Sunday, June 24. Visitors may drop in from 1 to 4 p.m.

For many seasons, Bill and Paige Roome have been developing their little bit of paradise, with honeybees and the foodstuffs they produce at the heart of it all.

Attendees will gain knowledge during these tours about pollinator-friendly and medicinal plants, raised bed gardening, beekeeping, mead-making and much more.

Hawkshaw Apiaries consists of 20 acres of organic land surrounded by 400 acres of woods and grass. They plant continuous blooming flowers for pollinators and for their medicinal properties. Hawkshaw sells their honey and makes mead (honey wine) and other honey-based goods.

For this unique learning experience, a free-will donation (suggested $5-10 per person, but none will be turned away) is appreciated to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.

Participants will go home with an envelope of northern-hardy, pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds - to begin or add to your own perennial gardenscape.

Walk-in's are welcome, but registered attendees will be advised of rain postponements and be assured of receiving seed packets. To sign up, write the Local Living Venture at [email protected], or leave a message at (315) 347-4223 (Summer phone response may be delayed.)

Information can also be found on the website at www.bit.ly/PollinatorProgram. The Local Living Venture is coordinating this event as part of a series for the collaborative Pollinator Protection program, an effort to make the St. Lawrence County region a refuge for Pollinators.