Last month, we predicted (somewhat un-originally) that April showers would bring May flowers. The flowers are here, all right, but what we left out of that forecast was the May deluge that Mother Nature delivered…
Register by May 28 for the June 6 native pollinator workshop.
Learn what you can do in your yard or garden to save the 3Bs– Bees, Butterflies, and Beneficials— at a workshop on Saturday, June 6, from 9-3, at the Kerr Center near Poteau.
Anne Stine from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Kerr Center staff will cover:
- how to identify pollinators and pollinator plants
- how to incorporate pollinator-friendly plants into a home landscape, garden, ranch, or farm
- what to know about beneficial insects and how to plant for them
- what to plant (host and nectar plants) for monarch butterflies
Participants will get outside to see pollinators and habitat on the Kerr Ranch, organic vegetable garden and office landscape.
They will also receive a packet of resources. Included will be the 2014 book Farming with Native Beneficial Insects from the Xerces Society, with full color photos of good bugs and lots of ideas for plantings.
In addition, attendees will get the Kerr Center’s just published full color guidebook Native Plants for Native Pollinators in Oklahoma, which has gathered information on Oklahoma’s native plants and pollinators in one publication, and other educational resources to take home.
Lunch, drinks and snacks provided.
Space is limited, so register early.
Pre-registration required by May 28. Cost: $50 per person; $25 for spouse or child from the same family. Families will receive one set of resources. (Cancel by that date to receive a refund.)
Register online using PayPal or credit card (see below) or print out registration form and return to Kerr Center.
Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.
During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.
Short tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length), and cost $10 per person.
Long tours are also available, starting at 9 a.m., and cost $20 per person.
Advance registration is required.
Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.
Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!
Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.
Click here for directions and map.
All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.
Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.
This free evening tour of the Kerr Center’s certified organic Cannon Horticulture Project will be hosted by George Kuepper and David Redhage.
Kuepper will discuss the practices that have enabled the conversion of former bermudagrass pasture, without the use of herbicides, to productive organic horticulture plots. He will detail the cover cropping and crop rotation practices that suppress weeds and maintain soil fertility – as described in his recent report “Market Farming with Rotations and Cover Crops: An Organic Bio-Extensive System” – and outline recent moves toward establishment of perennial crops, including elderberries.
Enjoy a lovely late spring evening in southeast Oklahoma!
This event is free, with refreshments provided. It will take place outdoors, on grass and possibly mud, so appropriate shoes, etc., are recommended.
Butterflyweed brings back childhood memories for me. I remember seeing it in the pasture field outside the kitchen window as a child. I tried (successfully) to leave it when cutting the field for hay, unknowingly paying homage to Robert Frost’s poem “The Tuft of Flowers,” in which the scythe spared a patch of Butterflyweed.
–David Redhage, Native Plants for Pollinators