Thursday, October 1, 2015
Just a quick note about our monarch tag and release event. It looks like a downpour is very possible for Saturday Oct. 3, the day of our event. I am going to cancel the event and do it on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2 pm. It is still a weather related event so your best bet is to call ahead to make sure. One thing for sure is that they will be released on the next break in the weather.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The Pollinator Workshop
|Eastern Bumble Bee and Tiger Swallowtail|
Did you know that native bees are 10 times more efficient pollinators than honey bees and require hardly any maintenance on your part. At the workshop you will learn how to build "bee hotels" and to make seed bombs and have a hands on experience doing so. You will also learn what kind of plants to plant to attract not only these native bees, but many species of butterflies as well.
Join us on Sept. 26 at 11 pm. The tickets are $12/person and will include materials to make seed bombs and bee hotels. Tickets are available on our website, Hopnblueberryfarm.com on the farm store tab. Reservations are required. The event takes place here at the farm under shelter.
The Annual Monarch Tag and Release
|Male Monarch Butterfly|
Kids really like the opportunity to hold a butterfly and place the tags on them. They sure get a kick out of trying to catch the butterflies as well. All data is recorded along with the special numbers that are assigned to each butterfly released. We hope to tag 50 butterflies this year, but nature governs the event, so be advised that the number of butterflies tagged may be smaller.
The event takes place here at the farm on Oct. 3 at 1 pm., rain or shine. It is an outside event so bring an umbrella if needed. Butterfly nets are optional, we have a few on hand. We will also have a few milkweed plants and nets for sale.
Monday, August 10, 2015
|Large three finger Cascade hops|
|John Garcia from Lookout Brewery pours a fresh hop sample|
The tour will start with a tour of the farm and hop yard, with details given to the hop yard. We will be cutting down some vines during this tour so visitors can get a real feel of what it is like to pick hops off of the vine. After the tour, we will be sampling Van's Front Porch Ale and having drawings to give away hop plants, and hops.
|The hop tour|
We will be wrapping things up around 2:30 PM and hopefully directing folks down to Lookout Brewery to purchase more of their delicious beer varieties. We will have some other things for sale at the farm during this time including a great hop stained glass piece made by my wife Martha and of course plants from our magnificent gardens.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased on our website, hopnblueberryfarm.com under the farm store tab or can be purchased on the day of the event. Be sure to bring your camera as the farm is truly beautiful this time of the year with new additions to our pollination gardens and our butterfly house full of native butterflies.