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Educational Demonstration Schedule

Saturday, July 27th - East Exhibition Hall
1:00pm - Growing Great Vegetables
2:00pm - Bee Engaged: An Average Joe's Guide to Honey Bees: Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them with a Honey Extraction Demonstration
3:00pm - What do your Treasures Tell about You? 17 Mile House History
4:00pm - Room to Grow - Small Space Gardening


Sunday, July 28th - East Exhibition Hall
1:00pm - Water-wise Landscape Choices
2:00pm - Bee Engaged: An Average Joe's Guide to Honey Bees: Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them with a Honey Extraction Demonstration
3:00pm - Backyard Chickens
4:00pm - Battling Japanese Beetle in Colorado


Saturday Educational Demonstration Details

Saturday, July 27, 2019 1:00 p.m.

Title: Growing Great Vegetables

Description: Learn tips to grow great vegetables in your back yard. The presentation will cover planning, soil requirements, cool and warm season vegetables, and garden layouts. Colorado Master Gardener volunteer bio: Presented by a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer.Colorado Master Gardeners serve as volunteer educators in Arapahoe County, sharing gardening knowledge about turf and trees, vegetables, insects, and proper care of your landscape.




Saturday, July 27, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Title: Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Honey Bees: Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them with a Honey Extraction Demonstration

In this presentation, The Average Joe Beekeeper will talk about Honey Bees, especially “Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them”.He will cover the problems that Honey Bees face today, how the Honey Bee is important to us for pollinating crops resulting in a wide variety of foods and how we can help the Honey Bee by planting our gardens to support them and other pollinators.He will touch on the many types of bees in the world, some of the Honey Bee “breeds” and the basics of Beekeeping including two topic that everyone wonders about – Bee Stings and Honey production.The presentation will culminate with a live Honey Extraction Demonstration that may result in some sweet treats for a select portion of the audience.This presentation is for anyone interested in our environment with any and all levels of knowledge on the Honey Bee and is suitable for all ages to attend.

Joe Komperda Bio: Joe Komperda is THE Average Joe Beekeeper. He’s kept bees in the Denver Metro area with his wife Debbie for 6 years. Certified as an Apprentice Beekeeper through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA) and as a Journeyman Beekeeper by the University of Montana, they run 30 – 40 hives at numerous host locations including the historic 17 Mile House and Farm, Flat Acres Farm, Centennial Airport, numerous Hive Host Family properties and the Denver Broncos Training Center.

He is a Retired IBM Executive Project Manager and a Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Joe is a member of three Denver area Bee Clubs serving as the President of the SouthEast Beekeeping Club. He is the Colorado Delegate to the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) and an Advisor to the CSBA. He speaks at numerous Bee Colleges, Bee Clubs, Educational Institutions and Community Groups and always tries to “Bee Calm and Buzz On!”




Saturday, July 27, 2019 3:00 pm

Title: What Do Your Treasures Tell About You? 17 Mile House History

Description: Meet a descendant of the family who lived at 17 Mile House Farm Park 1878-1905, and see family photos and documents including a personal diary. Learn the history of 17 Mile House and how it came to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Find out how Arapahoe County became the final owner of this heritage property and their mission to share it with the local community.

Karen Sear bio: Karen is the visitor services specialist at Arapahoe County Open Spaces. As a Certified Interpretive Guide she works with a dedicated group of volunteers to share the 17 Mile House Farm Park history with the public. She has been involved with the Farm for the past 15 years including developing school field work and monthly open house activities .She is a Colorado native, enjoys sewing and cross-stitch needlework, and spends time with her husband and two children.




Saturday, July 27, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Title: Room to Grow - Small Space Gardening

Explore gardening options for smaller spaces. Learn how to make the most efficient use of space indoors and out for a robust ornamental or vegetable garden.

Colorado Master Gardener volunteer bio: Presented by a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer. Colorado Master Gardeners serve as volunteer educators in Arapahoe County, sharing gardening knowledge about turf and trees, vegetables, insects, and proper care of your landscape.


Sunday Educational Demonstration Details

Sunday, July 28, 2019 1:00 p.m.

Title: Water-wise landscape choices

Colorado must maximize efficient use of its short water resources. This is especially important as the population continues to grow in Arapahoe County. Learn the principles of water-wise gardening. We will cover planning, soil, irrigation, designing practical turf areas, use of mulch and appropriate plant choices.

Colorado Master Gardener volunteer bio: Presented by a Colorado Master Gardener volunteer. Colorado Master Gardeners serve as volunteer educators in Arapahoe County, sharing gardening knowledge about turf and trees, vegetables, insects, and proper care of your landscape.




Sunday, July 28, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Title: Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Honey Bees: Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them with a Honey Extraction Demonstration

In this presentation, The Average Joe Beekeeper will talk about Honey Bees, especially “Why We Need Them and How to Keep Them”. He will cover the problems that Honey Bees face today, how the Honey Bee is important to us for pollinating crops resulting in a wide variety of foods and how we can help the Honey Bee by planting our gardens to support them and other pollinators. He will touch on the many types of bees in the world, some of the Honey Bee “breeds” and the basics of Beekeeping including two topic that everyone wonders about – Bee Stings and Honey production. The presentation will culminate with a live Honey Extraction Demonstration that may result in some sweet treats for a select portion of the audience. This presentation is for anyone interested in our environment with any and all levels of knowledge on the Honey Bee and is suitable for all ages to attend.

Joe Komperda Bio – Joe Komperda is THE Average Joe Beekeeper. He’s kept bees in the Denver Metro area with his wife Debbie for 6 years. Certified as an Apprentice Beekeeper through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA) and as a Journeyman Beekeeper by the University of Montana, they run 30 – 40 hives at numerous host locations including the historic 17 Mile House and Farm, Flat Acres Farm, Centennial Airport, numerous Hive Host Family properties and the Denver Broncos Training Center.

He is a Retired IBM Executive Project Manager and a Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Joe is a member of three Denver area Bee Clubs serving as the President of the SouthEast Beekeeping Club. He is the Colorado Delegate to the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) and an Advisor to the CSBA. He speaks at numerous Bee Colleges, Bee Clubs, Educational Institutions and Community Groups and always tries to “Bee Calm and Buzz On!”




Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Title: Backyard Chickens

Anna Wilkowsky Bio: Details Coming Soon




Sunday, July 28, 2019 4:00 p.m.

Title: Battling Japanese Beetle in Colorado

Description: There is no doubt that few garden pests match the destructive power of Japanese beetles. This pest presents complex challenges because the lifecycle has two damaging stages: the larvae feed on the turf grass roots and the adult beetles feed on landscape vegetation. In addition, the adult beetles feed on flowers at the same time as pollinators may be visiting, which limits treatment options. A little knowledge goes a long way in the battle against the beetle. Join Lisa Mason, Horticulture Agent, Colorado State University Extension in Arapahoe County on the front lines and learn about the insect's life cycle, suggested plants to avoid in your landscape, pollinator-friendly means of control, and new research being done.

Lisa Mason Bio:

Lisa has been the Horticulture Agent in Arapahoe County for Colorado State University Extension since 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Entomology from Colorado State University (CSU). Her research focused on using citizen science to monitor native bees in urban areas. She started a citizen science program in Fort Collins called Native Bee Watch, which is growing in the Denver Metro area. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU double majoring in forestry and theatre. For a decade, she worked at the Colorado State Forest Service headquarters office in Fort Collins office managing the publications program and other statewide outreach and education programs.

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