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Reno Patagonia : Free Organic Food, Learn Local Composting too!

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The composting event was a HUGE success with over 84 people who showed up to learn how to compost in their own homes and communities…

Patagonia is hosting an event tonight to help promote composting in Northern Nevada.

 

I’m excited to see their new digs in downtown Reno.

*New address is:

Address130 S Center St, Reno, NV 89501

Their events are usually packed with fun, creative locals who are positive change makers in the areas of organic food production, healthy eco systems and the local food movements. This event is no different. Last years Mini Documentary screening was a blast. Locals brought in their organic dishes for the community potluck, we packed the place out! Read article on last years organic panel event here.

Bee Habitat supports all forms of promoting healthy, organic soils. Did you know that the health of any plant begins and ends in the soil you grow it in? Did you know that using synthetic fertilizers, soils and compost break down the overall health of the soil forcing you to have to keep buying synthetic fertilizers and amendments to keep the plants alive? Crazy huh? but very smart business strategy from big ag. Bee Habitat strongly encourages the local composter’ and/or gardener to look for the USDA Certified Organic sticker/logo on any garden product you put into your precious soils. If it does not have that USDA logo, chances are, it is not 100% organic and/or safe.

reno organic stores

With that being said, we have to start somewhere as a community. Bee Habitat presented a year ago to Reno City Council ideas to help compost most of the cities food wastes and re use throughout the city parks, schools and public areas. Although this compost would not be able to be certified USDA organic, it would be a HUGE leap in the right direction to help repair damage to our local eco-systems that have been treated with tons of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and GMO by products.

Healthy soils promote healthy food…and thus healthy people. The speakers at tonight’s FREE event are all promoting these ideas and working to heal our damaged food systems.

 

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We’re thrilled to host an event dedicated to all things COMPOST!

Reno is home to many organizations that are utilizing compost in a big way, and on Thursday, Aug. 31 we’ll welcome some local leaders into the store to answer all of your questions and show you how to get the most out of your composting. Plus, it’s FREE and all donations/raffle sales will benefit the nonprofit Reno Rot Riders.

Here are our guests:

reno rot riders

Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Reno Rot Riders

 


Cody Witt, Full Circle Compost

 

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Jana Vanderhaar, Verdant Connections Landscape Architecture LLC

Linnea Whitney, Tahoe Food Hub

Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager for the City of Reno
Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager for the City of Reno

Doors open at 7, with the presentations and Q&A beginning at 7:30. We’ll have drinks from Under the Rose Brewing Company and Davidson’s Organic Teas plus local food and a raffle to win sweet Patagonia gear!

All ages welcome!

 

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Event promoted via SEO & Social Media Marketing by local Internet Marketing & Web Design Expert, Sandy Rowley of www.RenoWebDesignER.com 775-870-0488 sandy @ renowebdesigner . com. Sandy is an official Webby Award Honoree for creative design.

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Poisonous Plants and How To Eradicate Them

Right now, there are common weeds lurking in your local park, school and back yard that could maim, scar and even kill you.

How many times have you picked a flower from a tree, shrub or wild plant out in nature? Did you know that some wild plants have enough toxins to kill you within a few hours only after touching their poisonous plant parts? Poisonous Plants are a growing concern in the USA and beyond.  Arm yourself with helpful information to keep yourself, pets and loved ones safe.

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View growing list of poisonous plants in the USA

Shocking right?

Top 3 poisonous plants  that have killed children and adults with the smallest of doses.

Most of which could be lurking around the corner.

  1. Poison Hemlock – toxic fumes, oils and immediate affects on your health.
  2. Oleanderhoney bees who forage on this plant make honey that is highly toxic. I never understood how beekeepers could keep their bees from foraging on nearby oleander bushes. Did you know that all bees forage up to 5,000 miles or more each day?
  3. Pokeweed – deceivingly delicious looking fruit that kills children each year.

Learn how to identify these toxic plants, then remove immediately via natural and/or mechanical means. Spraying these deadly plants with an herbicide only adds to the poisonous effect and does not remove the plant from your yard or area or prevent future outbreaks. Some noxious weeds have toxic fumes that are just as deadly.

Read on to learn how to identify these common killers and what evil little secret is keeping them coming back year after year.

Poison hemlock toxins last on the plant up to 3 years after death.

Removing these toxic plants bare handed can have life threatening consequences or painful rash that can scar for life.

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Goats Have Super Powers

The only mammal on the planet that was made to detoxify poison hemlock and other noxious weeds, is the goat. Contrary to popular belief, even among land grant (funded by big ag) universities, is that goats who eat Poison hemlock will die or become deformed.

Professional goat herders who have certification and extensive experience in goat herd management say otherwise.

“Goats have a special enzyme in their saliva that neutralizes the toxins found in most plants.”  Lani Malmberg

There are lots of contradicting stories and studies online that “prove” that poison hemlock and other noxious weeds will kill goats. I suspect these studies were funded by big ag companies who sell pesticides.

Every goat farmer or herder that I have interviewed all say the same thing, goats can eat toxic weeds.

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Not only are goats the safest choice for weed management, these furry critters clean up any remaining parts of the plant that could cause a life threatening reaction for up to 3 years!

Using herbicides (a type of pesticide) to kill off noxious weeds is an unwise choice.

Spraying plants with these cancer-causing chemicals will not eradicate the weed infestation. Using pesticides will only increase the number of weeds that will come back the next year. Poison hemlock will sprout again the same year!

When you spray pesticides on a plant you are killing off beneficial insects and bio organisms in the soil responsible for growing healthy native plants for that region.

Big Ag wants you to use their pesticides, over and over and over and over again. And guess what, they’re trillion a dollar a year industry is a direct result of their evil little plan.

What happens to a piece of land that has repeated use of pesticides? The soil becomes dirt. This dirt (a four-letter word if you ask me) and is an alarm call to insects and other weeds to come remedy the situation. Not only does using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides damage the soil, but these toxic pesticides are slowing making each of these toxic weeds resistant! Pesticide use has risen over 20% since 2004. Big Ag is creating an epidemic of herbicide resistant super plants.

Using goats is a win win. The goats love to eat a variety of plants and is good for their health.

 

Goats Finally Cleaning up Washington DC

The goats poop acts as organic fertilizer to help repair the damage done to the soil from past chemical exposure, contractor work and/or natural occurrences like drought, flood and storm damage.

Some goat herders add a little purse around the goat’s neck. This purse will tiny holes in it is filled with native and wild plants that will re seed the area to cover the bare earth that is left behind.

I think it is brilliant idea and one that weed management consultants should take note on.

The weed “problem” will only continue to worsen with the over use of weed killers, insect killers and other pesticides. Weeds are the symptom. Organic land management is the cure.

Listed below are goat farmers and herders who manage weeds with goats. Feel free to reach out to them to learn more.

http://harleyfarms.com/news.php?cat=all&base=125

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/goats-fight-weeds-rio-grande-trail#stream/0

https://organicweedcontrol.ca/hitting-the-target/

http://eco-goats.com/ecogoat-videos.shtml

Goats are the hip new thing in eco-friendly weed management

http://www.goatguys.com/frequently-asked-questions/

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/goats-make-lunch-of-noxious-weeds/article_06d17146-cabb-5619-81c0-132dbee6c1a5.html

http://www.opb.org/news/article/goat_patrol/

http://sfcitizen.com/blog/tag/goat/

http://ltap.colorado.edu/newsletter/Newsletter_SpecialEdition04.pdf

http://d1cqrq366w3ike.cloudfront.net/http/DOCUMENT/SheepUSA/Section_2_meeting-vegetation-goals.pdf

What does Poison Hemlock Look Like? Watch this video to learn more.

 

How To Remove Deadly Poison Hemlock and other poisonous plants, use Extreme Caution

To prevent contact poisoning, wear gloves, eye protection, a mask, and other protective clothing when removing poison-hemlock and surrounding soil. Never burn poison-hemlock or other toxic plants, as the smoke can trigger asthma, cause blindness and severe respiratory distress. Never leave plants where children or livestock might get them since the dried plants are just as poisonous. Never compost the plants, but put them in plastic bags and throw them in the trash.

Remove small patches by digging, making sure to remove the taproot. Don’t mow or cut plants as they will only re-sprout, and the cut plants can release toxic fumes. Don’t apply herbicides to mature plants because they will still set seed before they die. Goats are the safest way to effectively remove these deadly plants. Goats can also repair the damage done to the soil by chemicals, floods and construction work. The hooves of the goats help to till in the natural fertilizer from the animal. Goats can have native seed pouches around their necks that sow native plant seeds into the bare earth.

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  1. Eating any part of a poisonous plant can kill you within hours.
  2. Goats are the only animals on this planet that safely eat poisonous plants.
  3. Pesticide sprays only make the problem worse, year after year.
  4. Always wear protective glasses, mask, gloves and long sleeves when working with toxic plants.
  5. Pesticides cause weeds.
  6. Some poisonous plants can cause life threatening emergencies just by touching or breathing in their toxic fumes.
  7. Using USDA certified and/or OMRI certified soil, compost and gardening supplies is the best way to restore health and balance to a piece of land whether at home, church or school.

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Poison Hemlock Can Kill You in 3 Hours or Less

Poison Hemlock is spreading fast across the country. Organic land advocates have warned that over use of synthetic fertilizers, weed killers and other chemicals to control weeds will in fact cause an epidemic of toxic weeds and even herbicide resistance in very toxic plants.

Dorostkar Park in Reno Nv Closed because of Storm Damage and Poison Hemlock Infestation (view verified facts on Department of Agriculture Website here)

Large areas of The Truckee River and across the nation, are now over run with Poison Hemlock. This plant can kill a sensitive child or adult, simply by breathing in the toxic fumes or brushing up against sweaty skin.  The hotter the plants are, the higher level of toxicity. All parts of this plant are deadly. Eating a small leaf of this plant will kill an adult within 3 hours. There are no known antidotes for this poison.

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Washoe County has simply placed two small warning signs at either side of the trail warning that the park is closed because of storm damage and Poison Hemlock.

If a child picked a flower for their mom, the child could die within 1 to 3 hours.

Dr. Cathleen Clancy, associate medical director at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C., said that across the United States last year, there were 63,000 cases of exposure to poisonous plants. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pretty-poison-plants-to-die-for/


cite image source: https://dengarden.com/gardening/How-to-Identify-Queen-Annes-Lace-Wild-Carrot

Throughout history, children who created handmade flutes out of the dry, dead stalks of this plant have been killed. The poison lasts on the plant, even after death for up to 3 years. Spraying these toxic plants with pesticides may kill some of the plants, but the toxins on the seeds, stalks, root and leaves will remain in the area, along with the added herbicide exposures for up to 3 years.  Who would want to walk their dogs or allow their children to walk along that path? Picking up rocks, sticks and debris left over?

 


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mage source: https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=53325

These hemlocks are well over 7 feet tall and are in various locations all along the river. Not just in the area with the warning signs. These plants are toxic to humans, wildlife and livestock. The only animal that can eat the Poison Hemlock is the goat.

 

“Goats eat all poisonous plants, which does not seem to bother them. They have an interesting array of enzymes in their gut that other animals do not. In the case of poison hemlock and other poisonous plants, goats have an enzyme in the saliva that detoxifies the toxin before they swallow.” Lani Mahlberg with Ewe4ic Ecological Services | Phone: (970) 219-0451 Email: Ewe4icbenz@aol.com | www.GoatsEatWeeds.com

 

Goats saliva detoxify poisonous parts of the plant and seeds before swallowing: https://www.beyondpesticides.org/assets/media/documents/weeds/publications/Goat_weed_management.pdf

Lani has been herding goats on fields with toxic plants for over 30 years.

Idaho Department of Transportation regularly works with goats to manage toxic weeds with great success. A herd of about 100 rented goats was turned loose into a  fenced area around a retention pond on Eagle Road in mid-May, just north of Chinden Boulevard. They spent two days munching on noxious weeds including white top, Scotch thistle and poison hemlock. And unlike either herbicides or mowing, the goats didn’t leave dry plant material behind that can fuel wildfires.

View growing list of goat herders who manage toxic weeds, like Poison Hemlock successfully.

 

Washoe County Parks, should have already started the process of removing these highly toxic plants. Now most are already flowering. Did you know that it takes Poison Hemlock 2 years before it will flower?

Those weeds should have been removed long before they were allowed to become such a threat to our community. Hand pulling a few small weeds could be safe, if the persons removing the weeds were not sensitive to the toxins.

Even if the weeds were treated with extremely toxic pesticides, the flower stalks, when dried, drop seeds that will germinate again and again. The seeds that are in the soil now, along with the plant material will have poisonous effects for several years after they have been sprayed with herbicides. Leaving the plant parts in the area is asking for serious repercussions.

Poison Hemlock could take over all the areas along the river, making a simple stroll along the river a life-threatening situation for the citizens of Washoe County.

Pesticide use to control this plant will only work temporarily and will kill the thriving eco-system along the river. Many species will suffer as a result. I would like news coverage on this pressing issue to help protect the families that frequent the trails along the river. 

Washoe County has worked with goats in the past to manage weeds. They need to get on this ASAP as time is of the essence. Cities and counties all over the US use Cashmere Goats to eat poisonous plants with no ill affects. Goats are at the cornerstone of organic land management practices. There is lots of false information being shared online about the dangers of Poison Hemlock and how goats will die if they eat a small amount of this plant. However, several goat herders around the world have positive experiences that span decades of real world experience and knowledge that say otherwise.

source: http://www.seviernewsmessenger.com/2015/05/07/poison-hemlock-identification/

Poison hemlock is one of the most toxic plants in North America and all parts of the plant are toxic.

Remove Deadly Poison Hemlock with Extreme Caution

To prevent contact poisoning, wear gloves, eye protection, a mask, and other protective clothing when removing poison-hemlock and surrounding soil. Never burn poison-hemlock, as the smoke can trigger asthma, and don’t leave plants where children or livestock might get them since the dried plants are just as poisonous. Never compost the plants, but put them in plastic bags and throw them in the trash.

Remove small patches by digging, making sure to remove the taproot. Don’t mow or cut plants as they will only re-sprout, and the cut plants can release toxic fumes. Don’t apply herbicides to mature plants because they will still set seed before they die. Goats are the safest way to effectively remove these deadly plants. Goats can also repair the damage done to the soil by chemicals, floods and construction work. The hooves of the goats help to till in the natural fertilizer from the animal. Goats can have native seed pouches around their necks that sow native plant seeds into the bare earth.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the weeds They’re not weeds, they’re food for pollinators

by Alison Gowans with The Gazette

I am an advocate for pollinators and love most weeds as they are often the best medicines for native and honey bee populations. Poison Hemlock is way too dangerous to allow to get out of hand. I am afraid this is now the case along the Truckee River. We need all the resources available to slow this plant from turning Truckee River into a toxic wasteland.

Identify Poison Hemlock

  • Fern like leaves
  • Red to purple spots, streaks and bruise like markings on the stem. Usually closer to the base of the plant.
  • Smells of mouse urine.
  • Skin and eyes will start a burning sensation within 20 minutes of exposure.
  • Some plants will have white flowers.

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Poison Hemlock is found throughout the Carson River watershed as well: http://truckeeriverguide.org/species/poison-hemlock/

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Please call Washoe Parks and ask them to NOT USE PESTICIDES, but hire a goat herder (not all goat herders a have the training and / or experience to manage goats and poison hemlock weeds) to eat the poisonous weeds and re seed the area with native plants and seeds to prevent more toxic weeds from growing.

*Remind them that pesticides may kill some of the plants, but the dead Poison Hemlock stems, leaves and seeds are still highly toxic for up 3 years. 

UPDATE: Washoe County issued an update and press release stating they will use mechanical means. Although this is part of the solution, they need to completely remove the plant parts from the park and replant with natural soil, compost and native plants or the Poison Hemlock seeds that were allowed to germinate will re sprout immediately. 

Park Operations Superintendent

Colleen Wallace Barnum
(775) 328-2181
cwallace@washoecounty.us
3101 Longley Lane, Reno 89502

Daves Garden Has an interesting article on Poison Hemlock and other highly toxic plants…

Saps and juices cause painful irritation and sometimes permanent damage, especially if the substance gets into the eyes. These same plants can cause poisoning if burned, since the chemical is released in the smoke and enters mucous membranes and lungs. source

Why is Poison Hemlock Growing in Reno?

All weeds have their purpose and place.  Bare soil is an open invitation for pioneer weed seeds to take root. Weeds are the symptoms of an eco system in need of repair. What causes this need for weeds? A number of factors can be at play, but a vast majority that cause the need for weeds to grow are:

  1. Pesticide use (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, adulticides, slimeicides…) Pesticides kill life. This includes the billions and trillions of small living organisms that are in the soil. Bacteria works to keep the whole eco-system thriving. Using a chemical to kill one set of insects or weeds, will damage trillions of life saving organisms in the soil.
  2. Compaction – Construction work often includes large tractors and trucks that damage the surface of the land. Compacting the soil into hard packed earth. Weeds like dandelions come in to loosen up the soil. Also their long tap roots pull up healing nutrients and minerals beneath the surface, up to the top layers of the compacted soil. Over time, other weeds will come into this area to perform the same duties. Once the weeds drop leaves and other bio mass, the area, over time is restored back to a healthy eco-system. This process can take many years. A way to speed up this life cycle is to bring in certified organic soil and compost, water then plant with only native plants and seeds.
  3. Flood, Fire, Drought and Storms stir up the environment and cause this healing process to begin.   Poison Hemlock is often the first set of weeds that will come into an area with moisture.
  4. Use of fake fertilizers or synthetic fertilizers.  Examples are Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Phosphate, Superphosphate, and Potassium Sulfate. Plants require 13 nutrients. Learn more on how to spot safe, natural fertilizers versus toxic synthetic fertilizers here.

Poison hemlock, Conium maculatum, a member of the plant family Apiaceae, which includes a few important vegetable crops such as carrots, celery, and parsnip, and herbs such as parsley, cilantro, chervil, fennel, anise, dill, and caraway.

Although cases of human poisoning are comparatively rare and are generally associated with children using the hollow stems as flutes or adults mistakenly confusing poison hemlock with an edible plant such as parsley, parsnip, or anise. Sensitive people may experience contact dermatitis when handling this plant.

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Flower Bouquets Toxic For Your Health

Did you know that ALL flowers, plants and bouquets that you purchase from local and national florist are toxic for your health as well as detrimental to the survival of all pollinators…unless, they are USDA Certified Organic Or Biodynamic Certified.

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Who would want to give someone they loved a bouquet of toxic roses or lilies?

Not a nice way to say “I love you mom.” Read more on cut flowers and pesticide exposure here. And children exposure stats on the World Health Organization here.

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Instead, search for the USDA Certified Organic and/or the Biodynamic Certified bouquets, plants and flowers as gifts to the special woman in your life.

Just because a local flower farm, florist or other health food chain, sell flowers for mothers day, DOES NOT mean that the flowers were grown without the use of toxic, cancer causing pesticides.

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There are several local and national flower shops with tricky names that imply they are earth or even bee friendly, when they are loaded with 50 X times the amount of pesticides that big Ag uses to grow GMO crops. These pesticides are not washed off before sold to flower shops.

There is a growing trend of local and international flower shops who are creating Eco friendly flower arrangements and gifts. Most use local plants in their arrangements and base their designs off of seasonal stock instead of shipping toxic flowers from across the globe. Look into the Slow Flower movement to learn more.

You can do better this year for dear old mom! Buy certified ORGANIC treats, flowers and gifts to really show your love for all she has done for you over the years.

You must look for the USDA Certified Organic seal to know that the flowers you give Mom or the mother of your children, are indeed free from toxic chemicals that will emit carcinogens. These toxins release into the air of your home or office.

 

I have put together local and national resources to buy flowers for Mom this year and for years to come… Note, not all sell only certified organic. So look for the logo and ask them for only organic flowers and plants.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for all you do to make our community a better place to call home.

View USDA Certified Organic Flower Bouquets :

https://www.organicbouquet.com/

https://www.localharvest.org/search.jsp?jmp&scale=7&lat=39.52774&lon=-119.81262&ty=0&nm=prods%3Afresh+flowers

https://californiaorganicflowers.com/default

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/how-find-organic-flowers

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/11/cut-flower-pesticides.aspx

5 Best Online Organic Florists: Just in Time for Mother’s Day

Learn more about treatment free and organic beekeeping practices…

SPRING WELCOMES OUR DAYDREAMS AND LONGINGS TO BEE OUTSIDE IN THE BLOSSOMING LANDSCAPE. TREES BUDDING WITH POLLEN, FRAGRANCE AND COLOR, INSPIRE A WARM FEELING OF LOVE FOR ALL LIFE.

The warm, teasing’s of what Summer will bring (hopefully sooner than later) remind me of my childhood days, playing in the forests of Eastern Tennessee, running through the woods with friends, chasing God knows what till dinner time…still, to this day, fills my heart with joy.

Growing up with nature as our play station, imbued us with a subconscious love and respect for the land we called home. Dirt, rocks, leaf, trees, poison ivy, fish, whirlpools, sun showers, mud puddles, tad poles, dragonflies, lightning bugs…what a magical way to play as a child. A direct revelation of the world we will learn to survive in. spring time

Somehow, I feel our children today have been ripped off. Swindled out of that short window of opportunity to build immune systems with the rich soil of the earth in their eyes, ears and mouth…the burning pain of bee stings that strengthen their connection with all the bacteria that make up 90% of their bodies. Or to experience the thrill of building own own fort, in a toad infested swamp, and all the challenges that build their confidence and character as adults. Learn beekeeping here.

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Beekeeping – The Truth Shall Set Us Free

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Spring welcomes our daydreams and longings to bee outside in the blossoming landscape. Trees budding with pollen, fragrance and color, inspire a warm feeling of love for all life.

The warm, teasing’s of what Summer will bring (hopefully sooner than later) remind me of my childhood days, playing in the forests of Eastern Tennessee, running through the woods with friends, chasing God knows what till dinner time…still, to this day, fills my heart with joy.

Growing up with nature as our play station, imbued us with a subconscious love and respect for the land we called home. Dirt, rocks, leaf, trees, poison ivy, fish, whirlpools, sun showers, mud puddles, tad poles, dragonflies, lightning bugs…what a magical way to play as a child. A direct revelation of the world we will learn to survive in. spring time

Somehow, I feel our children today have been ripped off. Swindled out of that short window of opportunity to build immune systems with the rich soil of the earth in their eyes, ears and mouth…the burning pain of bee stings that strengthen their connection with all the bacteria that make up 90% of their bodies. Or to experience the thrill of building own own fort, in a toad infested swamp, and all the challenges that build their confidence and character as adults.

How do we, encourage our children to feel free to explore in the world we have left them today?

Every public and private park in the US is managed with toxic chemicals that do not stay put in their intended areas or that break down into something even more menacing, inorganic arsenic. Our neighbors are blinded by this idea of perfection as well. Mixing cancer causing cocktail of pesticides, only to keep up appearances that suggest they are rich, well organized and have supreme control over their domain.  To what real cost?

Landscape Marketing companies have developed a global, subconscious master mind group, that begs most men of a certain age to grab a long magic wand, and command perfection at every curb, corner and crack of their pristine driveways. The chemical manufacturing marketing’s team forgot to mention where these chemicals flow when you water your lawn? Or when the rain comes?

Into the gutter, into the river, into your water system … where the water analysis reports shout out alarming stats to local and national authorities: ‘over 51% of our water ways test positive for cancer causing pesticides every year!’

As I write this news release, nonprofits and governments around the world are sounding the alarm, “bees are going extinct! Bees bumbles bees and other native bees in danger…. What does this mean really?

Rumor has it, that if bees are extinct, man has 4 years left until he too collapses.  I read it on the internet, must be true. 😉

All Jokes Aside. We do, however have something serious to consider…

Yes, honey bees around the world are in serious trouble. No, it is not some mysterious plague, but clear, cut problems, that you and I are responsible for. Yep, that’s right, I said it. You and I are both to fault here. Ouch! The truth may set you free, but your going to need a nap after reading this article.

It isn’t what you’re thinking…so, keep reading.

The foods you choose to eat in and dine out, to the clothes we buy, the landscapers we hire, the policies we allow to manage the grounds in our schools, cities, counties and states. WE are allowing this destruction. What can you do? Is someone somewhere doing something? Surly these large non profits are doing something. Maybe I should just donate some money to one of them.

Donating your money to a nonprofit is one small step for mankind, but getting off your toosh, and doing something that directly affects positive change…is one Giant Leap for humanity.

Where should you begin on your new knighted quest to save our world?

I could bark out orders…but that is boring and so corporate yesterday. Let’s grab your life by the horns and fire up a life you will be proud to share with the grand kids. (if you can get them to come inside for dinner)

What fuels your desire for a thriving, happy, full bodied life?

Seriously…daydream about it. Write it down or have a hot cup of tea and feel it out. Are you a foodie? An artist? A fashionista? A dare devil motocross nut job? Where are your passions for living?

You, can drive your love for these items as a leveraging tool for greater good.  Examples of industries that you can swing the pendulum back to where it belongs on the time scale of history are:

  • Foods and Drink.
  • Flowers, landscaping admiring the natural landscapes
  • Fashion, all things beauty.
  • 4 wheeling, ATV’s Dirt bikes, motorcycling.
  • Painting. Music. The arts. Crafts.
  • A good book.
  • A good movie.
  • A beautiful resort.
  • A beautiful new home.
  • BBQ’s and PicNics.
  • Hiking and Biking.

What other passions can you share? Please post in the comments below and I will add to this article.

How can you merge your passion for dirt biking, hiking, cooking, dancing, etc. You get the idea… into helping to save the honey bee and all her relations? (this includes you to btw)

A few hints from me, the lowly worker bee, are to do the following, asap.

FOOD AND DRINKS


  1. When buying groceries, look for the Biodynamic symbol on all your food and drink. Biodynamic is the ultra-label for all food snobs and loving chefs worldwide. This is The Premium label of food and drink quality worldwide. No pesticides allowed here. Highest standards.
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    Have a modest budget? Look for the USDA Organic words and/or label on the food or drink product. Although this is the gold standard in the US for quality and safety, it is being hammered away into something more corporate than your health would like. USDA organic can still use synthetic materials and use allowed pesticides.
  3. What about non-GMO? LOL what a joke. Everything is GMO now a days. Want to steer clear of this fake food source? Just look for the USDA Organic and/or Biodynamic logos and you can rest assured this food product is non-GMO. Did you know a food product could be labeled non-GMO and still use toxic pesticides to grow it? Yuck!
  4. Look for certified organic and/or Biodynamic clothing, toys and furniture. Ask for it every time you have a chance. Sure, you will get some odd looks, but you will have something to snicker about once your back at home. Asking will get the wheels turning and motivate the store to consider eco-friendly products to sell.
  5. Ask your restaurant if they use organic foods. When they say yes, ask for a tour of the kitchen. Have a look at the boxes of food they have in the back. Do you see an organic logo anywhere? If not, call their bluff and leave them a review. Just because the restaurant advertises they are using organic ingredients, does not mean their telling you the truth. I drive Starbucks crazy with this one. Starbucks used to be organic. Now, not so much. They have gone corporate all the way baby. The more of us that ask, they larger the reach we have.

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LANDSCAPES, PARKS AND BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

  1. Consider your own backyard and garages for the obvious dangers. Weed killers, insect killers, rodent killers… all pesticides. They have got to go. Call your local health department and/or agriculture department for your state and ask where they can drop these cancer-causing, earth killing chemicals? Use alternatives like weed torch, organic land care practices and OMRI certified landscaping products.
  2. Ask your landscaper to NOT use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides of any kind on your property. Make them sign something stating this is what they will in fact do. Ask them to learn organic land management best practices if they want to keep your business.
  3. Take an organic land management class or workshop.
  4. Request that your local church, school and municipality to do the same. Thousands of cities around the country are converting to organic land management practices. Your city can too!
  5. Grow your own food. That’s right. I don’t care if it is pea shoots. Get your hands into some certified organic and/or Biodynamic soil baby! Grow some house plants. The idea is to connect with what your ancestors naturally looked forward to every day, touching soil. This is great for your immune system as well. Make sure, you buy certified organic and/or Biodynamic seeds, plants, soil, compost and/or any other gardening material that you buy from a garden shop. Most natural products you buy have been treated with long lasting insecticides without telling you it is treated! IT IS CRUCIAL. THAT YOU BUY ONLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND/OR BIODYNAMIC PLANTS SEEDS SOIL COMPOST FERTILIZERS…
  6. For the love of what is left whole and sane in this world, STOP trying to kill a few mosquitoes to save less than 300 humans next year. Learn more on how spraying to kill mosquitoes is killing hundreds of thousand of men, women and children across the country.

When looking for products to buy, look for the logo that states it was grown without the use of toxic chemicals that harm our pollinators as well as your environment.  Look for organic makeup, clothing, accessories, food and furniture.

Do you love to travel? Do you hike, bike or trek through the deserts of the west? How about buying certified organic NATIVE flowers and plant seeds, sharing them along the path during your trip?

Find a way to use your passions to bring awareness and education to your community and the world. Practice saying my favorite Mantra “Buy only certified organic seeds and plants…because, if you do not, you are spreading toxins throughout the environment. Most plants and seeds are treated with long lasting pesticides you cannot wash off.” Or get creative with it. Add your own flare. The point is to educate and drill into their minds the fact that this is getting real serious and we all must do our part to save the world.

bee keepingDo you love to visit resorts and hotels? Ask the registration department if they serve certified organic foods in their restaurants? What about their landscaping? Do they use organic best practices or do they treat their facility with toxic chemicals that harm humans as well as nature? Be a squeaky little wheel in this cog of life.

Be a voice they remember. Add your own style … always.
I receive messages from people all over the planet who are wanting to help make a great difference in their communities. They get it. Your donation of money can be an empty gift, but your actions, deeds and local projects mean more than donations of money, that may or may not actually help the cause.

Take action honey!

Get in the game of life. Do something you can see, touch, feel, smell, taste and share with those you love.

I am so motivated by the works of…

Jacqueline Freeman (https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.freeman.906) and

Solomon Parker (https://tfb.podbean.com/e/treatment-free-beekeeping-podcast-episode-45-susan-in-southern-washington/)

Spikenard Bee Sanctuary (http://spikenardfarm.org/about-us/our-mission/)

These are leaders in the field of bee keeping. As busy as these 3 are, they make time for those who are working to do the right thing in bee keeping and pollinator protection projects.
Want to bee-come the best beekeeper in your village? Look these folks up and learn everything you can. Their bee survival numbers are amazing (less than 15% losses) compared to conventional beekeepers (40 – 61% losses YIKES) who are scaring the pants off the planet with their corporate mindset beekeeping practices.

Those conventional beekeepers with nightmarish losses each year can stand to learn a thing or two from the children at The Manila Waldorf School Inc.

Across the seas, in a small school in the Philippines, a group of children reunite with an ancient bee keeping practice that has preserved a way of life for centuries.

Nature is at the center of all lessons experienced in this school that is based on an understanding of the developmental stages of a human being. With anthroposophy at its core, the students are taught to be free-thinkers, creative, and deeply connected with the world they depend on.

Children enrolled in the Manila Waldorf School, Inc., are learning what is heralded as the most important type of beekeeping known to mankind today, Biodynamic beekeeping.

“Since we are first time beekeepers, our method is an organic method, we are still at the onset of studying Rudolf Steiners lectures on bees and are far from applying Biodynamic beekeeping methods. For now, we have a set of parents who are interested on studying Steiners lectures on bees but these are not things that we teach the students–at least at the moment, much study needs to be done. What our high school students have learned so far are the importance of the bees, their life cycle, the products of a hive, the hierarchy in a hive, kinds of bees, and a little on the current state of the bees (e.g. CCD, varroa mites).

The school is working on creating a pollinator friendly school where students learn the ancient art of beekeeping.  Its my colleagues and I who are handling the beekeeping. I wouldnt want to take full credit. There is also a handful of parents who supported our initiative, they were the ones responsible for getting two more colonies. Getting the bees in school was really a community effort.

The school keeps their natural hives on school property where children can interact in a positive and healthy way with the pollinators.

“We didn’t have to go through board approval. We did, however, conduct lectures with parents, teachers, and students about beekeeping before we purchased our colony. This also helped in getting everyone on-board with the initiative.

“Our school is the Manila Waldorf School, Inc. and we took up beekeeping as part of an initiative that started during our Asian Waldorf Teachers’ Conference in 2015. The founder of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner, has several writings on bees and their importance. We want to support the call of keeping bees in every Waldorf school and educating our students, parents, and teachers about the life of the bees. So far, we are enjoying the bees and are very very happy to have them. We are learning gradually, especially the natural method.” Kristina Salazar.

A healthy eco system will have hundreds if not thousands of stinging insects within an average playground. This is part of a normal landscape. Most insects are going about their day gathering food, medicine and materials for their nest.  If a child is stung by a bee or other insect, they are given an ice pack or an allergy pill if needed. Those who have severe allergic reactions have their own protocol. Children will be stung by a bee from time to time, it is understood that this is a part of being a human being on planet called Earth.

We have evolved as a species to need bug bites to boost our immune systems. Studies show that children who are not exposed to a healthy outdoors have weakened immune systems and allergy problems. Source : http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/10/why-bee-sting-might-be-good-you and http://www.beewelltherapy.com/links-resources/

Have a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting? Don Downs of Bee Well Therapy, master apitherapist and legend, shares how in his bee sting therapy practice, if a person reacts severely to a bee sting injection, he has them get into an ice cold shower or bath to slow down the process.  Have them take their injection and/or allergy medicine immediately, then go to the ER.

The honey, pollen, wax and services shared by these Biodynamicaly kept, honey bees, are by far the most valued resources known to man and all creatures alike.

There are large differences in the way a Biodynamic Beekeeper manages a hive compared to the conventional beekeeper. View Biodynamic Beekeeping requirements in this free PDF.

Most conventional beekeeping clubs in the US depend on funding from chemical companies and corporate honey production businesses that have a western state of mind. Profits over production, health and longevity. Their education is misguided and dangerous for their community. Spreading disease and toxic products to the community, sold under the guise of local honey is good for your health.

Think about it. Who has more experience and skin in the game than a 40+ year veteran beekeeper in the USA who has taken all the conventional beekeeping classes, is a master Gardner or better yet, is sponsored by the chemical industry?

Well, smarty pants; how about the bees!  100 million years’ experience in management of a bee colony. Talk about bee-ing an ‘Outlier’. http://gladwell.com/outliers/.  How can we as measly little humans, know what is the correct way to manage a hive, mate a queen or harvest honey from a hive?

Biodynamic and other healthy forms of beekeeping such as Natural or Small Cell Beekeeping and Certified Organic beekeeping are shining a bright light into the dark side of conventional beekeeping.

“Come over to the natural side, we have honey comb you can eat right out of the hive. Sans the chemical soup.”

Yes, Biodynamic Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping and Organic Beekeeping will require a learning curve and some good old fashioned work, but the pay offs far out way the money pit your currently in as a conventional beekeeper.

What are some of the new changes you will bee learning? From a favorite blog on Beekeeping… (https://honeybeesuite.com/what-is-biodynamic-beekeeping/)

According to an article in the Green Guide, the aim of biodynamic beekeeping is “to minimize stress factors and allow bees to develop in accordance with their true nature.”Proponents of biodynamic beekeeping, such as practical-crafts teacher Keith Gelber of Chico, insist that biodynamic beekeepers neither “have” nor “keep” bees but simply provide them with “a clean place to live.” Gelber likes to think of himself as a bee “steward.”

Gelber keeps bees in accordance with the Demeter International Bee Standards. This group maintains a strict set of rules that must be followed in order for honey to bear their seal of approval. All types of standards are spelled out including how bees are raised, how honey is processed, and what containers may be used . . . interesting reading if you have a few minutes. (and care that the fate of humanity depends on  you reading this)

A few points:

  • Natural combs are used, rather than foundation.
  • Swarming is recognized as the natural form of colony reproduction.
  • Clipping of queen’s wings is prohibited.
  • Regular and systematic queen replacement is prohibited.
  • Pollen substitutes are prohibited.
  • Beehives must be made of all natural materials, such as wood, straw, or clay.
  • Artificial insemination is not used. Instead queens are allowed to fly free to mate.
  • Grafting of larvae to produce queens is prohibited.
  • No pesticides or antibiotics are allowed, although the use of natural organic acids such as formic and oxalic acid may be used for mite control.

 

These are some of the differences you will need to learn more on when converting from the dying conventional beekeeping practices to a safer and healthier one. Subscribe to the blogs / resources listed below to learn more.

In this great circle of life, species come and go, evolve or die. We too are a part of this wheel. How do we, as the predators on the food chain of life, seek peace within and produce abundance in a world we have all but almost, destroyed?

I know that switching to an organically managed landscape throughout the country is a much needed step. Encouraging the growth of these industries has far reaching benefits, generations to come will look back and appreciate.

Thank you for doing or Bee-ing your part in this piece of history.

See links and resources below on how to become a world renowned beekeeper. I welcome your questions and comments below.

*Please send all hate mail inquiries to:

Monsanto Company.
800 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63167

With love…

Sandy

Organic Beekeeping Group: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Organicbeekeepers

http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm

http://www.beesource.com/pov/lusby/index.html

https://redice.tv/news/no-organic-bee-losses

https://honeybeesuite.com/what-is-biodynamic-beekeeping/

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/10/why-bee-sting-might-be-good-you

http://www.beewelltherapy.com/links-resources/

http://www.beewelltherapy.com/links-resources/

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/organic-beekeepers-report-no-losses-while-conventional-operations-report-massive-colony-losses

http://www.manilawaldorfschool.edu.ph/announcements/2016-11-9-colonies-of-honey-bees

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Organic Yards – 10,000 Mini Pollinator Sanctuaries

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Is your yard grown organically?

Chances are, probably not. Did you know that all of the plants, seeds, trees, shrubs, flowers, soil and compost you that you buy for your yard contains pesticides and other chemicals that you cannot “wash” off? That’s right! Neonicotinoids are pesticides that last up to 13 years on plants that are treated only once.

When buying garden supplies for your home, MAKE sure you are buying products and plants with the USDA Certified Organic, Demeter Biodynamic and/or OMRI logo on the product. These products will not contain the long lasting bee killers, neonics.

Now onto the next sneaky garden supply that is killing the health of your pets, family and your yard! Synthetic fertilizers!  These are toxic chemicals that leach heavy metals into your water, soil, grass and sidwalk areas. Heavy metals cause brain damage, cancer and a number of serious health problems.

Instead of grabbing a bag of FAKE Fertilizer, use Certified Organic, Natural fertilizers. Ask your garden shop to point you to the USDA Certified Organic Humus, Soil, Compost Tea… and other wonderful garden supplies for your beautiful yard.

We are starting a 10,000 yards initiative in Reno, looking to spread across the world. Make sure to get on the waiting list for our Quick Certification Workshop for your families yard this Spring.

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SANDY ROWLEY: THE BEE LADY OF RENO

News Source :
http://www.respectfulrevolution.org/#/road/videos/sandy_rowley_bee_lady_reno

It’s not everyday that a citizen, however concerned and dedicated, can get any level of power – public or private – to change course, even when it’s a matter of the common good. Meet the incredible Sandy Rowley, a gentle powerhouse of commitment when it comes to nature and public health. Sandy spearheaded the effort to get the city of Reno, NV and its parks department to create pesticide-free city areas and parks. After a couple years of researching the issue, getting like-minded folks together, insistently making phone calls and speaking at city council meetings, Sandy has put Reno on the map when it comes to pesticide-free parks. She didn’t do it all alone, but most folks in Reno credit her for setting a process in motion that’s now a national example of successful environmental activism.

Respectful Revolution Founders

GERARD UNGERMAN

An independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, Gerard studied English and Economics at the Sorbonne and served in the French military for 5 years. He moved to NYC and started Free-Will Productions in 1995. His hard-hitting documentaries have premiered around the world (Hidden Wars of Desert Storm, The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror, Plan Colombia: Cashing-In on the Drug War Failure). Witnessing firsthand the human and environmental toll of greed and carelessness led him to advocate for the respect of human dignity, nature and the world. A co-founder of the Respectful Living Institute, Gerard is happy to call Chico, CA home.

The founders of the Respectful Revolution

STACEY WEAR

A native Northern Californian, Stacey received a BA in Information & Communication Studies from CSU Chico. After living for two years in Japan and six on the island of Maui, she and her two daughters now call Chico home. When her partner, Gerard, a 20 year resident, was prevented by U.S. Immigration from returning home in 2010, her combination of life experiences culminated with the “Bring Gerard Home” fundraising and legal campaign. She most recently worked as Music Director at her community radio station, KZFR 90.1 FM. Dedicated to promoting love, kindness and respectfulness, Stacey is a passionate co-founder of the Respectful Living Institute.

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Sandy Rowley shares her plan to open an online web course to teach home owners how to use organic best practices on their yards, playgrounds and public shared spaces.

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One Million Cups is a weekly entrepreneurial program occurring in more than 70 cities across the nation, including Reno, Nevada. Each week we showcase two local startups, giving them an opportunity to practice pitching their business and receive feedback from our diverse audience of business professionals and entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups Reno is live every Wednesday from 9-10am. Tweet us your questions @1MillionCupsRNO and we will ask them live. Learn more at http://1mcreno.com

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10,000 Organic Lawns in Reno

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Join me at 1 Million Cups on February 15th @ 9 am, to learn about our most exciting project to help create 10000 homes as organic pollinator corridors in Washoe County. Free coffee and treats served.

Learn how we are helping to create 10,000 organic front & back yards throughout Reno Nevada.

Located at Swill Coffee & Wine in Reno Nevada.

Address: Moana West Shopping Center, 3366 Lakeside Ct, Reno, NV 89509

Want to help our mission? Call Sandy at 775 453 6120 or email her at sandy  @  bee habitat .com

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Call Your Local Garden Shop Time!

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“Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali

Unless you have been living under a rock this year…

SURELY you have heard that the honey bees are in serious danger of extinction. Sounds a little scary huh? Did you know that it is just not honey bees that are fighting to survive? Honey Bees are a small part of the bigger picture. The butterfly, bats, beetles of all kinds, birds and other MUCH NEEDED insects and animals are dying off at terrifying rates.  Who cares about some scary bugs? Did you know that caramel mocha smocha drink you love is in existence thanks to these creepy insects and animals? Yep, that’s right! Most of the food and drinks you love and survive on, are pollinated at some point it is creation and without this pollination service, your diet would significantly decrease in desirable items.

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Who is responsible for this? Let me at ’em!

We now know that a class of pesticides are to blame, but most of us are unaware that WE are using these insecticides each and every day. How? Did you buy certified organic groceries this week? If not, you bought food grown with the use of these deadly insecticides.

Did you buy flowers for a loved one in the hospital? Yep, your guilty again. The flower industry uses 50X’s the amount of bee killing pesticides that BIG AG does. Crazy huh?

How about your local garden shop? These sneaky little devils are working to end humanity as we know it. Every product you buy from a local garden shop that is not certified organic, more than likely contains a toxic pesticide notorious for bee kill offs…. want to know the scariest part? You cant wash these insecticides off when you get home.

Trees, shrubs, flowers, seeds, bulbs, soil, compost…. i can go on for a while listing all the products you buy from local garden shops that contain deadly chemicals that are killing our pollinators..but i think you get the idea.

You can do something that matters. You can actually make a real difference in the future of pollination and our future food supply.

Are you serious about saving the honey bee?

Are you educated enough to know the serious consequences each and every human on this planet will face IF our pollinators perish?

Well, just don’t stand there…What are you doing about it? 

Pick up the phone, call all of your local garden shops and make the BIG ASK!

Starting Jan 22, 2017 – Feb 22, 2017. People from all over the country are calling their local garden shops and making the BIG ASK.

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Do a search in Google for: “name of your city” garden shops. Google will list most of the garden shops in your city. Remember to replace the words in parenthesis with the name of your city.    lol     🙂

Don’t bee shy. You can do this. It is simple as pie. Here are some sample things to ask for:

  1. Do you carry certified organic seeds?
  2. How much do your certified organic plants (trees, shrubs, tulips, flowers…) cost?
  3. When will your certified organic compost be in stock? How many can I order now?
  4.  What is your most popular certified organic soil you have in stock? Why?
  5.  When will you have certified organic live plants/flowers ready to purchase this Spring? Can you add my name and number to your call list?
  6. Do you carry certified organic plants? Say Thank you!!!!
  7. Do you spray neonicotinoids on your plants to protect them from insect bits/holes? If yes, educate them on why / how this is killing our local pollinators and please stop. You do not mind buying plants with a few bug bites in them.
  8. How many trees do you carry that are certified organic?
  9. Do you spray your trees with neonics?
  10. What is your local garden shop doing to promote Certified Organic products to help save pollinators?

Get creative! Keep it helpful, fun and positive.

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Remember, some garden shops are not all that savvy with the long lasting insecticides being sprayed on their plants. Garden shops are trying to keep their business growing. They have sales on the brain, not saving humanity…saving the honey bee.

They have believed big AG and Big Pesticide manufacturers sales consultants who told them that neonics are safe for bees and in fact, neonics are far better than old school pesticides for pollinators.

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I can tell you countless stories of “expert” gardeners who defend these pesticides with their very life. No matter what you say to convince them otherwise, they are completely enamored with their chemicals.

Me : “Can you explain to me what a neonicotinoid is?”

Expert Gardener : “a long lasting insecticide.”

Me : “How long does this insecticide last.?”

Expert Gardener ” it’s a miracle of science…can last up to 13 years!”

Me : “Do insecticides kill bees?”

Expert Gardener : “No, they only kill insects.”

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hon·ey·bee
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  1. a stinging winged insect that collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities. It was domesticated for its honey around the end of the Neolithic period and is usually kept in hives.

We have all been there.  Making mistakes is part of the human experience. Until the rest of the world wakes up. WE need to step up and bee the voice of sanity.

Thank you for your time. Thank you for giving a damn about the world we call home. And THANK YOU for calling your local garden shops. This is one tiny step that can make HUGE WAVES of improvement for our little pollinators.

Join the conversation online here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/813827251984415/

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