The return of the California Honey Festival on Saturday welcomed hundreds to downtown Woodland, where people enjoyed a fun-filled day with their families.
The main objective of the festival was to promote honey, bees and the products that can be created thanks to them.
Wendy Mather, who co-manages the California Master Beekeeper Program at UC Davis, said her program was at the festival to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.
“We are a certification program to ensure that scientific beekeeping and ambassador bees spread throughout California so that we can continue to enjoy all of the wonderful foods that California farmers grow for us,” he said. she pointed out.
Its information booth focused on foods and products – like coffee – that would not be available without bees and other pollinators.
“I couldn’t enjoy my coffee every morning without the bees, I couldn’t enjoy the milk in my coffee because the alfalfa we feed our livestock is pollinated by bees,” she pointed out. “Pollinators are essential to our existence, so it is in our interests for our food security to ensure that they are kept healthy.”
UC Davis Arboretum Ambassador Alexis Silva was on hand at the event to explain the importance of oak trees to pollinators.
“Oaks are really important because they’re usually home to over 100 species,” he explained. “We also raise awareness that bees are not the only pollinators, so there are also birds, flies and things like that. It just serves as a reminder of the purpose of all the little creatures that are in the world.
Rosie Ledesma, an environmental resources analyst for Woodland who oversees environmental services, was on hand at the event to raise awareness of California’s current drought and provide resources for people to learn about conserving water.
“We are always looking for opportunities to provide outreach and education to members of our community,” she began. “Today we have all the information about our programs as well as some fixtures that highlight our water conservation program, our solid waste and recycling programs, and then general sustainability elements.”
Additionally, Ledesma noted that the city will host a virtual landscape tour next month that will showcase community lawns that have been converted to drought-tolerant landscapes.
“Most of our landscapes and the agricultural areas around us here in Woodland depend on water,” she said. “With the governor’s statement and the water limits they want to see, we’re here to provide people with a way to understand what this means to them.”
An after-party for the event was held at the Z Specialty Food facility located at 1221 Harter Ave. in Woodland and offered attendees the opportunity to sample mead and honey from The HIVE, which the company says offers “California’s largest selection of honey and mead.” ”
For more information about the festival, visit californiahoneyfestival.com.