Queen Bee Event taking place near Cecil

The Oconto-Marinette County Farm Service Agency will hold the second annual Queen Bee Event from 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Windswept Acres Specialty Cut Flowers, N5502 State Highway 117, Cecil.

The event, which will include a light meal, is free and open to female landowners and farmers. The theme is “Legacy and Transition of the Land.”

Last year’s Queen Bee Event focused on pollinator habitat and soil health. The attendees learned the importance of pollinator habitat and how to identify some common pollinator plant species, indicators of soil health and available cost assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Department of Natural Resources. Participants were able to see firsthand how rainfall affects different soil types through demonstration of the Natural Resource Conservation Services’ Rainfall Simulator.

The Queen Bee Events are based on the Women Caring for the Land curriculum developed by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. This curriculum is focused on a few guiding theories about women: They own or co-own an estimated 50 percent of farmland, many are older and have not had to manage the land in the past, women tend to have strong conservation ethics and prefer small, women-only meetings.

This year’s event includes an opportunity for an on-location learning experience at a unique area farm. The evening will begin with a question-and-answer learning circle led by resource professionals from the Farm Service Agency, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Pheasants Forever, Peshtigo National Bank, Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This will be followed by networking opportunities and a light dinner from Bubba’s BBQ Co. and Fannita’s Bakery of Shawano. Through the generous donations of Peshtigo National Bank, UW-Extension and these businesses, there will be no cost to attendees.

To close the night, there will be a guided informational tour of Windswept Acres Specialty Cut Flowers, including greenhouses, pollinator habitat and wildlife pond. The tour of the property lasts approximately an hour on uneven terrain, so please dress accordingly.

Space is limited for this free event, and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For information or to register, contact Myha Hart at 920-829-5406, ext. 2, or myha.hart@wi.usda.gov by Aug. 2.