ST. MATTHEWS — Foodies, farmers and fans of pollinators will swarm St. Matthews on Saturday, June 3, when the Calhoun County Library hosts the Honey Jubilee & Farm Fest.
“This family-oriented day will include a wide range of activities and educational opportunities to learn about bees, honey production, agricultural technology, agri- tourism and gardening practices to support pollinators,” said Kristen Setzler Simensen, director of the Calhoun County Library.
“Our hope is that everybody walks away feeling like they had a good time, they learned a lot and they have an idea of a thing or two that they can do that can help support our bees here in the library, wild bees and all the other ‘angels of agriculture,’” she said.
“Around here, when I talk to people, I talk about the ‘angels of agriculture’ because so much of our food is dependent on pollinators, not just the honeybees like we have here in the library,” Simensen added. “But on wild bees, on other kinds of critters like certain kinds of beetles, ladybugs, hummingbirds and any number of creatures that help transfer pollen from flower to flower. These creatures help make certain that the development of our food supply is possible.”
She noted, “With some (food crops) where it’s not a requirement that there be actual pollination by insects, you just get higher yields. So you have better crops or a better vegetable garden in your back yard.”
The Honey Jubilee & Farm Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. But Simensen emphasizes that while the festival will offer ample learning opportunities, the event’s primary goal is to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and food.
The festival will feature bluegrass and gospel music, food trucks, locally grown produce, specialty food products, arts and crafts vendors and bee-related…