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
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.