Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and Maine Coast Heritage Trust will present “Pollination Services & Community Partnerships,” the fifth session of the 2017 Beginning Farmer Workshop Series, Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.. The program will be held at Terra Optima Farm, 908 Gurneytown Road, Appleton, and will be followed by a potluck.

Pollinators are essential to farming and food production – and to the ecosystem as a whole. This program will demonstrate how a local farmer and a local apiary have developed a partnership that provides pollination services for the farm — and honey for the beekeeper.

Farmer Cheryl Denz of Terra Optima Farm and beekeeper Joe DeStefano of Posto Bello Apiaries will share how this relationship works, discuss contract specifics, and the benefits of the partnership to each. Also on hand will be representatives from local beekeeping associations to answer questions and provide information for those who want to keep their own hives.

For more information or to register for this free program, contact Hildy at 596-2040 or hildy@knox-lincoln.org. Bring a dish to share if you plan to stay for food. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held Thursday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. Check knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer by noon July 26 for rain date rescheduling.