We are planning our annual monarch tag and release on Oct. 4 at 1 pm on the farm. This is a great event for the family as we will hopefully have several monarchs that we have both in the flighthouse and outside available to put tags on the wings and send them off to Mexico for the winter
The event is free to the public but a donation is a great thing to have as well. Kids will have the opportunity to catch wild monarchs outside if they are here for the tagging. We will also have kids butterfly nets, milkweed plants, and seed kits for attracting monarchs for sale.
For more information, call the farm at 828-664-1166.
I just completed this movie featuring some of the pollinators that are active on the farm during September. The place is a buzz with these guys really, you can hear the buzz when you step out into our native flower pollinator field. Enjoy the movie.
The Learning Community School, located in Black Mountain, NC brought out the kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders to the farm to experience our Monarch butterflies and learn about pollinators. It was a great time for them to come because of the many things we have to offer at this time of the year.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders
One of the favorite things was going through our Pollinator Maze. Set up on the farms native flower pollinator habitat field, the maze offered the kids a fun exploration to see the many types of flowers in bloom and the insects that pollinate them.
After the maze, we went into the flight house to look at the monarchs and other butterflies
Then it was on to make seed bombs using clay and native wildflowers, including some seeds that they gathered themselves.
After washing up, it was time to go and say goodbye. I sure had fun, and I'm pretty sure that they did too!
Here is a short video of the kids coming out of the maze: