The Bees Are Still Vanishing

by Brenda on June 22, 2011

Yesterday was the first day of summer and it was amazing.  The sun was out and I got to wear sandals and a sleeveless shirt all day without having to use a shawl (Pacific Northwest joke there).  So with that being said, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the fifty plus people who sacrificed (yes, it’s that serious) the first glorious day of summer and came to our Vanishing of the Bees screening.

After weeks of tireless promotion and going back and forth on picking the best date to host the screening, we never realized that we would be competing with the weather.  So thank you, thank you, thank you.  The movie could not have happened without your support.  We also know there are a few more new Zing Bar fans out there (thanks to Zing for donating free samples). We also want to give a huge shout to Sustainable Queen Anne, and our neighborhood Whole Foods Market on Interbay who helped us promote the film.  And we’d like to thank Queen Anne United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their facilities for this event and my husband for the inspiration and audio/video support.  Everyone was so amazing and hospitable, we could not be more blessed.

Everything went off without a hitch and our panelists were amazing.  My husband and I had seen the film prior to the event, but watching it again and participating in the panel discussion opened our eyes to how complex the disappearance of the honeybee’s really is.  According to Brad Jones, President of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, and Lauren Montgomery, founding member of the Urban Bee Project Colony Collapse Disorder has not been solved.  We are still losing 30% of honeybee populations each year.  The normal attrition rate is 5%, so things are not looking good for these little creatures.

Falaah Jones from Seattle Tilth left us with some great gardening tips that not only will make our gardens beautiful, but help the honeybees. Below are three simple and inexpensive plants you can buy to support our ecosystem (do your best to buy organic).

1. Lavender
2. Rosemary (most herbs, mint, dill, cilantro )
3. Sunflowers
4. Avoid using toxic chemicals and pesticides in your garden

If you’re new to gardening and live in Seattle, Seattle Tilth is an amazing local organization whose sole purpose is educate our communities on sustainable and pesticide free gardening. I’ve been a Seattle Tilth member for over two years and have taken a few courses they offer.

Since yesterday, I have been on a major natural high.  I had to drink a glass of wine or two at midnight to get myself to bed. My mind was on fire, scheming and thinking about new community events as well as generating more advocacy on behalf of the little bees.

Today I’ve received nothing but encouraging emails, thanking me for sharing the film, which is just lovely, but the part that pulls at my heart strings and makes me feel amazing is that people are asking me how can we do more. How can we screen the film at our school?  In our communities? How can we help? WOW!  That is how I measure success, helping and reaching out to our communities to create change.

People care. I care, and as long as I can I will keep tackling difficult issue that affect us all.  As we learned last night eating and cooking food goes way beyond a trip to the grocery store.

If you missed our screening there will be another local screening at Seattle University. You can get all the details to that event by clicking on this link. I highly recommend seeing this film.  Despite media buzz that a solution to Colony Collapse Disorder has been found, that is not the case.  Colony Collapse Disorder has not, I repeat, has NOT been solved.

There is work to be done friends.  Stayed tuned for more tips and ideas on how we can help save our bees.  For now, if you like host a screening click on this link for more information.

Final Sound Check

Aaron doing our final sound check.

Zing Bars

Tara our lovely friend and Zing lover.

Zing Fan

Zoe our tiniest little Zing fan.

Guest

Guest.

Host

Introductions.

Panelist

Volunteer Panelist.

Discussion

Garden and Bee Experts.

Final Questions

Closing Remarks and Encouragement

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Sara Dean June 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Wow! This looks like such a raging success of an event – I hope I can make the next one!

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Brenda June 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Thank you Sara. I hope you can the next one too. I’ll pick a day you’re not teaching a class now that you have a team of trainers.

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