2023 Pollinator Invite

Buzz N Wine Pollinator Event 2023

With the important role that pollinators play for the production of healthy crops for food, fibers, edible oils, medicines, and more, we felt an educational event would be a fun way to learn about pollinators and would be beneficial to our communities.  Our second annual Buzz N Wine Pollinator Party was held on a beautiful day, August 30th at Crooked Lane Farms of Colfax, ND.     

Attendees visited stations of professionals including:

Pheasants Forever:  Austin Lang, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist, was available to inform attendees about programs that they promote and go over what could work best for their operation.

Pollinator Trees:   Keith Kinneberg, Richland SCD District Technician, Noah Schaeffer, ND Forest Stewardship Specialist and Craig Lingen, Wilkin SWCD District Manager highlighted pollinator trees and their benefits.   They answered questions about pollinator-type trees/shrubs and assisted those interested in planting plans and ordering trees. 

Janel Maier Produce of Lidgerwood:    Vegetable vendor and explained how pollinators help feed the world. Pollinators affect 35 percent of the world's food crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading crops worldwide.  She also provided honey, from the Jarabeck boys, and discussed the importance of bees and how they help pollinate a majority of the foods we eat and the fields we harvest.

Master Gardeners:   The NDSU Extension Master Gardeners (LuAnn Lee, Penny Seifert, Karen Weber, Diana Freese) gave their educated advice on selecting the proper pollinator plants for your garden and where you could buy your seed or plants. 

Seed Bombs:  Billie Jo Hinders, Richland SCD and Amanda Hintz, Agassiz Seed manned this hands-on station for attendees to make seed balls (which are made of clay, compost and wildflower seeds) to take home and disburse for fall or spring planting.   Special thanks to Millborn Seeds, Brookings, SD and Agassiz Seed, West Fargo for their generous donation of pollinator seed.

Wine Tasting:   Pollinator wines were available for purchase with a special “Pollinator Flight”.

April Johnson, NDSU Extension Pollinator Technician gave a presentation on “Edible Landscaping for People”  and “Pollinators in the Northern Plains”.     

Thank you to those who donated prizes that were given away throughout the event: Agassiz Seeds, Millborn Seeds, Crooked Lane Farms and Simple Nutrition!