4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 1-28-16

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Pinterest Club Meetings to Start Soon!
Have you signed up for Saline County 4-Hís newest Special Interest (SPIN) Club yet? The Pinterest SPIN Club will begin meeting on Thursday, February 4th, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Extension Office in Harrisburg. The club will continue to meet on Thursdays, February 18th, March 3rd and 17th, and April 7th, at 3:30 p.m.
We have so many fun activities planned and are excited to get started! At the first meeting, we will be making Valentineís Day sweets and gifts.
This club is limited to 20 participants because of space constraints, so call the Extension Office at 618-252-8391 today to reserve your spot. There will be a one-time $20 fee to join the club to help with supply costs.
Please RSVP by February 2nd to join this fun, exciting 4-H club. Happy Pinning!
4-H Horse & Pony Committee to Meet
The Saline County 4-H Horse & Pony Committee will meet on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Extension office.
The committee will be electing officers, reviewing the 2015 4-H Horse & Pony Show, discussing changes to the Horse & Pony Rules pages of the 2016 Saline County 4-H Handbook, and discussing the 2016 4-H horse events and related activities. All newly appointed committee members and any other interested 4-H members or volunteers are welcome to attend.
Saline County 4-H
To find out more about Saline County 4-H and ways to get involved in our programs and community service activities, contact Nancy Lambert, Saline County 4-H Extension Program Coordinator, at the University of Illinois Extension office in Harrisburg at 618-252-8391. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
Bee-nificial Bees!
(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
Beekeeping is an increasingly popular backyard hobby. It also fits the growing trend to protect pollinators, which are so important to our food supply.
There are many different types of bees. Bumble bees are the only truly social bees native to the United States. They are important pollinators and, according to a University of Minnesota entomology website, are used commercially to pollinate crops such as tomato.
Honeybees are also important pollinators and the source of honey and beeswax. These social bees are an introduced European species and not native here.
Most of the other types of bees are solitary insects that live and work independently instead of in colonies. These include carpenter bees, mining bees, leafcutter and mason bees, to name a few.
Want to learn more about bees and beekeeping?
Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener is available on YouTube as part of the University of Illinois Extensionís Four Seasons Gardening series. Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, discusses the basics of starting a backyard colony, understanding honeybees and hive management. The program is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgCbulPr7oA
The Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association is offering a beginning beekeeping class on January 30, 2016 at the Tazewell County Farm Bureau in Pekin, IL. Come learn about the fascinating honeybees and how to manage them and their home, the beehive. For a $50 nonmember fee youíll learn from experienced beekeepers, videos, written materials and hands on demonstrations. More information is available at http://hoibees.org/.
The University of Illinois Local Food Systems and Small Farms website has many links with more information about beekeeping, bee removal sources, beekeeping associations, and much more. It is found at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/cat136_3959.html.
If you havenít already, join the bee-craze. Beekeeping is a fun, family oriented, delicious, and beneficial backyard hobby.
Source: Rhonda J. Ferree, Extension Educator, Horticulture & State Master Naturalist Coordinator, ferreer@illinois.edu

on Educator, Horticulture & State Master Naturalist Coordinator, ferreer@illinois.edu

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