Earthwise hosting market & bee friendly plant sale

Earthwise Society is kicking off Earthwise Market Days with a Bee Friendly Plant Sale and Farm Market this Saturday.

Come to the Earthwise Farm and Garden from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the society's biggest plant sale yet. The unique community event is bringing attention to our vanishing bees. Find out how they help people and how people can help them.

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With flowers coming into bloom throughout B.C., it is time to remember our little pollinating friends. Without bees and their amazing pollinating abilities, we would lose most of our fruit, let alone honey.

Through pollination, Earthwise says bees contribute an annual $45 billion per year to the North American economy. It is concerning that many bee species are under threat from the widespread use of pesticides and loss of suitable habitat.

A world without bees would be a hard hit to both to our food systems and the economy. People can help by planting bee friendly plants, which in turn create and extend bee habitats.

Saturday's plant sale will feature a wide selection of attractive, low maintenance, "bee friendly" perennials.

Most of the offerings have been grown pesticide free in the Earthwise Garden.

This year's plant sale will also include a variety of organically grown vegetable seedlings.

The Earthwise Organic Master Gardener team will be on hand to answer gardening questions and help visitors select the right plant.

To learn more about bees, join a live Honeybee Hive Tour at 11 a.m. or participate in a Bee Safari with provincial apiculturalist Paul van Westendorp at 1 p.m.

The Earthwise Market is a great place to find local products, services, freshly harvested organic vegetables and last minute Mother's Day gifts.

Music will be provided by Delta's favourite Celtic band, Doghouse, (performances at noon and 2 p.m.) and by children's entertainer Max Tell (1 p.m.).

The Earthwise Farm and Garden are at 6400-3rd Ave. in Boundary Bay. For more information on this event and about Feed the Bees, visit www.earthwisesociety.bc.ca or www. feedthebees.org.

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