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Eagle-Vail Community Gardens hosts Wednesday Afternoon Club

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On June 15, Eagle-Vail Community Gardens members and the public are invited to the Wednesday Afternoon Club featuring a presentation by a local beekeeper.
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Wednesday Afternoon Club

June 15: It’s all about the Bees, presented by Ann Luark, local beekeeper.

July 20: Dealing with Bolting and Petty Weeds, presented by local master gardener Jean Courture-Dziekan.

Aug 17: To be determined.

EAGLE-VAIL — The Eagle-Vail Community Garden is excited to bring members of all ages in the community together to learn about sustainable organic gardening and to grow fruits and vegetables. Wednesday Afternoon Club events provide a great opportunity for the community to come together from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to enjoy socializing time, appetizers and a presentation on a relevant garden topic.

The event on Wednesday begins with socializing and snacks — bring your own beer — and continues with a presentation on the beekeeping process and the life cycle of bees by local beekeeper Ann Luark. Activities for kids that focus on bees and pollinators will follow, and there will be honey available for purchase from the hives at the Luark farm.

About the Beekeeper

For more than 40 years, beekeeping activities have taken place at the Luark homestead on Colorado River Road. Mike and his wife, Ann, currently maintain 300 to 400 hives, which produce one batch of honey annually. At the event on Wednesday, Ann will present on the mutually-beneficial nature of farming and beekeeping, from both economic and biological perspectives, and event attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the enormous and integral role that bees play in the pollination process.

Similarly to the way the Eagle-Vail Community Garden is a smaller-scale reflection of larger-scale agriculture, the beekeeping activities on the Luark farm is reflective of larger processes of pollination.

The Wednesday Afternoon Club is hosted at the Eagle-Vail Community Garden, which is located at 99 Eagle Drive, across from the Eagle-Vail tennis courts, and will take place rain or shine. The public is encouraged to attend. Learn more about the garden, how you can get involved and the Wednesday Afternoon Club event at http://www.eaglevailgarden.com or by calling Christy Beidel at 970-390-0103.

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