One in every three bites of food consumed is produced via insect pollination, and this Father’s Day, every bite of food eaten at the Bring on the Butterflies (and the Beer!) Celebration will support declining pollinator populations in Western North Carolina.
Blue Ghost Brewing and Olive Catering Co. are partnering with the Asheville and Hendersonville chapters of Bee City USA, a nonprofit that creates sustainable habitats for pollinators. The event kicks off a summer education series at Blue Ghost discussing pollinators and their importance in the environment, says Kim Bailey, a volunteer with Bee City Hendersonville and the keynote speaker at Bring on the Butterflies.
“We’ve really wanted to do something like this to reach a broader audience,” Bailey says. “If we do our typical events, like how to garden for pollinators, then people that are only interested in gardening are going to show up. And we have some nature walks, so people who are into hiking and nature are going to show up to that. But we realize that everybody eats, and if we can partner with some restaurants and breweries, then we can spread the message of why pollinators are so important for our food supplies to a much broader audience.”
The Father’s Day festivities kick off with brunch, followed by the Butterflies and Beer programming at 2 p.m. There will be a number of hands-on activities for children such as decorating monarch butterfly masks and antennae headbands, Bailey says. The keynote presentation will discuss the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and how a concoction made of hops vines and stale beer can lure pollinators….
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