Learning to See: Supporting the Insects that Make Our Farm & Garden Work

  • July 28, 2018
    9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Learn all about pollinators- BEYOND honeybees! This workshop will explore the many native bees, predatory wasps, beetles, flies, butterflies, and moths that are vital to healthy farm systems, and the direct practices of farmscaping that can be practiced in order to support their populations. Nancy Lee Adamson, with the Xerces Society, together with Brannen Basham from Spriggly’s Beescaping and Living Web Farms’ own Patryk Battle will introduce participants to a host of beneficial bugs and their preferred habitats, and then take the class on a farm walk to see life in action. Attendees will leave with inspiration at the wondrous workings of nature, as well as the knowledge and confidence to set up farmscaping on their own properties.

Our gardens and farms are communities–everybody is important. In this workshop, we hope participants will learn to appreciate the heavy lifting of insects and other arthropods in the farms, gardens, neighborhoods, and watersheds they inhabit with us.

We will explore Living Web Farms in search of squash and okra bees, syrphid fly adults nectaring and syrphid larvae predators, lacewings, ladybug larvae and pupae, mason and leafcutter bee nests, sunflower and carpenter bees, wasps in search of prey, aphid mummies (signs a parasitoid wasp larva ate them), ambush bugs,wasps and ants nectaring on extrafloral nectaries, and the myriad other insects and spiders who make our world work. We will also spend time in the classroom with tools for deeper exploration.




Venue Phone: 828.891.4497

176 Kimzey Road, Mills River, North Carolina, 28759, United States