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Unbroken Ground Film Tour

Patagonia eventsYour invited to join us at the local Patagonia store for a free screening of the documentary, Unbroken Ground. Bring an organic drink or dish to share at our potluck.

Join us after the 30 minute film to discuss organic farming, non gmo food movement and local efforts to reduce pesticide exposures.

Panel Members are:

Kunal Patel with Davidons Organic Teas

Delaney Battista, BSc with Natural Grocers

Jana Vanderhaar founder Verdant Connections

Amanda Burden with Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine

Benjamin Rush with Basin and Range Organics

Sandy Rowley with BeeHabitat.com

Watch trailer below!

PATAGONIA PROVISIONS PRESENTS UNBROKEN GROUND FILM TOUR 2016
Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.

Join us to celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Following the 25 minute film, hear from a panel of speakers and taste Patagonia Provisions’ organic food sourced from our partners featured in the film. Reno Nv Aug 12 2016.

Show up or RSVP here.

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Three Clever Ways to Save the Bees

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It’s time to do the right thing.

We all know how important bees and other insects are to a healthy food system, but did you know that unless you are buying certified USDA organic plants, seeds, soil, compost or trees, you are doing more harm than good for our pollinators?

Last year, in the US alone, over 60% of bee hives perished. YOU can make a REAL difference in 2017’s stats buy supporting organic farmers.

Vote with your wallet this Spring!

1.  Ask for certified USDA Organic plants, seeds and bulbs at your local garden shop. Look for the USDA logo to verify that the product you buy is indeed, pesticide free. (learn why here.)


2.  Buy USDA Certified Organic food for your self and your family. I personally LOVE Natural Grocers (behind Boston Market off Kietzke Lane in Reno). 100% of their produce is organic, where other big chain stores are not! Look for the #9 at the beginning of the serial code on any food items you buy to verify it is indeed organic!

3. Forward this email to all your contacts and educate them on how to save our pollinators, our future food supply and ultimately our only home, our planet.

Need a public speaker for your next event? Call me at 775 870 0488. I would love to present.

Sandy Rowley
Queen Bee
sandy@beehabitat.com

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How To Save Our Bees 2 Part Videos

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Sandy Rowley presents at the 9th Annual Treatment Free Beekeepers Conference in Oracle Arizona 2016. Thank you Solomon Parker of the Treatment Free Beekeepers group for creating and sharing the videos. You can learn how to become a good beekeeper (there is a difference) here: http://parkerfarms.biz/

How to Save Bees, and me…
Part 1

Part 2

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City of Reno Pesticide Free Parks

Reno Nevada Working towards Pesticide free!

Sandy Rowley, a local activist, worked for the better part of a year to educate local authorities on pollinator friendly alternatives to managing school playgrounds, parks and public spaces.

She secured a national non profit, Beyond Pesticides and their experts in organic land care to train over 45 municipalities throughout Northern Nevada. KUNR Story here.

Currently we have these locations in a transition period for organic land care:

State Capitol Building for Nevada

State Legislature Nevada

3 large use public parks in Carson City Nevada

13 large use parks in Reno Nevada

2 large use parks in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Fernley Nevada

Working on 60 schools in the state of Wisconsin

Mt. Rose Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

Washoe Valley Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

and several other pesticide free and organic land care projects in the works.

Sandy Rowley is an independent contractor available for hire to create pollinator friendly marketing initiatives, education, public speaking and healthy partnerships to create sustainable eco systems. 775 453 6120

KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video –

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/City-of-Reno-Introduces-Pesticide-Free-Parks-Program-329295281.html

http://www.ktvn.com/story/30111276/city-of-reno-introduces-pesticide-free-parks-program

http://www.ktvn.com/story/30107841/city-of-reno-introduces-pesticide-free-parks-program

 

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Getting Good Things Done For Nevadans – A Year in Review

Thank you for wanting to learn more about Bee Habitat and our work. Our intentions are to save our pollinators, reduce pesticides and their affects on our health as well as pets and wildlife.

We have accomplished a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. Most of the work we do involves a steady commitment to make sure that our goals are met.  These goals include Cleaner water, air, land to grow healthy organic food, safe and healthy playgrounds, sports fields and parks for our children, pets, wildlife and to protect our future food supply by saving our pollinators.

We are constantly arranging meetings, going door to door, holding meetings in person and  on the phone with media and/or a volunteers looking to spread the word with our community.

Setting up classes and meetings with local parks and recreation departments at city, county and state levels. Calling school boards, requesting documentation of pesticide use around children. Providing proven organic solutions and case studies to encourage dependence on natural methods of pest management.

We leverage social media, email newsletters, phone trees as part of our outreach. Our focus is on a goal, not just spreading the word. Continuous and persistent communication & education with our local authorities on safer alternatives, case studies and solutions.

Liking a post on Facebook is helpful, but actually doing the ground work with your community is where the real magic takes place. Following through on our promises ensures success in our endeavors.

Want to actually do something great for our world? We would love to welcome you as a friend and a leader. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120.

Here are A list of items that Bee Habitat has achieved for the community in Northern Nevada over the course of one year:

1. Educated thousands of people on the harmful affects of weed killers and pesticide use. Taught safer alternatives and gave resources to help them make the switch to organic.

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BeeHabitat.com volunteers at our first meeting with Washoe County Parks Department.

2. Organized our first meeting with Washoe County, City of Sparks, City of Reno and Reno Urban Forester to discuss the improper use of toxic chemicals at city parks. Bee Habitat and a group of volunteers attended this meeting in hopes to motivate and education our parks departments to use safer alternatives at local parks. City of Sparks director offered Bee Habitat 27 parks as pesticide free, with some serious strings attached. Later fell through because of the fine print. Currently working to secure more parks and pesticide free signage with the Adopt a Park program with corporations and non profits. The key point here is, we did NOT GIVE UP and now have several cities and counties going pesticide free because of our work!

https://www.newsreview.com/reno/parks-rec/content?oid=14740680

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3. Organized and marketed a Peaceful Bee Parade on Riverside Drive in Reno Nv. 80 attendees, covered by Fox news. Children, pets and local activists dressed up as their favorite pollinator and took the streets of Reno dancing, drumming and singing their way to downtown Reno. Children and teens performed an art protest on stage at Wingfield Park Amphitheater. The same park is now converted and maintained as pesticide free a year later! https://www.facebook.com/events/322044251304480/

4. Scheduled and held private meetings with local politicians on the health benefits of going pesticide free. Researched free solutions to help the city make the switch to organic best practices and then presented to council .

5. Public comments at city hall educating the council members, mayor and public on pesticides and bee deaths. Worked with City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus to create the Right To Know item that would make it mandatory for city employees to put signs up in areas that were recently treated with pesticides. This fell through because of lack of support. We are still looking to implement signs at all parks and public spaces that are treated with toxic pesticides. Right To Know signs stating “Keep off area. Treated with pesticides” signs as well as a text alert message to local residents when an area is treated with a chemical. Presented this idea to Jenny Brekhus. We are hoping to work with city council to vote on this item to review possibilities of implementing this program. We presented a presentation to the city of Reno including case studies of other cities and states with this successful program in place. http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Motion.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=1100&MinutesID=1124&MediaPosition=654.238&ID=10007&Type=70&CssClass=%20style=

5b. Also presented this idea to Washoe County Health Department to notify citizens before they spray with the carcinogenic pesticides to kill mosquitoes in Washoe County. They were a no show for our scheduled meeting and have yet to return our phone calls, but started a NO SPRAY hotline that you can call and get on. Meaning, the county will not spray the toxic chemicals close to your home, but down the street. Did you know that pesticide exposure killed over 300,000 people last year? Did you know that west nile virus killed less than 300? Out of those 300 individuals who died from west nile virus, most were in hospice care. WNV is a common flu we all have been exposed to at one time in our life. Most of us never even know it.

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Bryan, Elrik and Michael worked very hard to design, build and install our BeeYouTiful Bee Hotel. Thank you to Galena Volunteers who kicked in some extra back up when we needed it. Built at The Generator in Sparks Nevada, then transported onsite and installed.

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6. Won a grant to build Nevada’s largest Bee Hotel and Pesticide free garden. Used $4500 to build large insect hotel, two pesticide free pollinators gardens, hire Elrik Du Sallient to help with our Bee Hotel project and create k – 12 curriculum to teach students in Washoe County about pollinators and how to protect them. http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/12/17/rsar-selects-build-better-block-project-winner/20563171/

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Reno Sparks Association of Realtors Build a Better Block Grant Team!

http://www.ktvn.com/story/28709030/welcome-to-galenas-bee-hotel-3

7. Lobbied for pesticide free parks in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Dayton and Lyon County with phone conferences, school districts, local leaders, Beyond Pesticides and local government via phone calls, in person meetings and social media.

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Chip Osborn – Beyond Pesticides Training at City Hall

8. Organized, marketed and secured free Pesticide Free training for 58 city, state, county and school park officials with Chip Osborn and Beyond Pesticides. As a result, now have 12 parks in City of Reno, 3 parks in Carson City Nevada and two large parks with Washoe County.

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9. Helped secure 2 parks in the city of Reno to be converted and maintained as pesticide free.  Wingfield Park and Barbara Bennett park: https://www.newsreview.com/reno/fly-away/content?oid=17430288

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Carson City Nevada State Legislature is going pesticide free!

10. Help secure pesticide free grounds for our state legislature in Carson City Nevada. Currently training staff and monitoring soil for organic systems.

11. Worked with Carson City Nv Mayor Robert Crowell and his team to secure 3 large parks in Carson City Nevada as pesticide free.

12. Encouraged local Washoe County Health Department to begin to advertise their NO SPRAY zone. Gained media coverage on how fighting West Nile Virus with toxic chemicals defeats the counties purpose of protecting the health of its citizens.

13. Provided low cost and free organic lawn care classes in our community as well as presentations at local organizations.

14. Organized and promoted art shows to raise awareness about neonicotinoids and pesticide use at our public parks. Neonics are a class of pesticides found on every plant you buy that is not certified organic. This pesticide lasts up to 5 years, killing bees and other pollinators. Worked to have media coverage to share more organic lawn care tips to the public.

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2015/06/08/nadadada-transform-motel-rooms-art-exhibits/28714857/

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Bee Habitat volunteers working hard for 3 days straight!

15. Planned and Installed an organic pollinator garden at Wildflower Village. We had to drive up to Grass Valley to buy certified organic flowers. Creative Gardens in Sparks Nevada donated organic flowers and soil thanks to Brian Eubanks our city Urban Forester.

16. Secured two of Washoe Counties largest parks to be converted and maintained as pesticide free. Currently working on obtaining sports fields within the county as pesticide free.

17. Created and maintained 4 large organic/wildlife related Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, Pinterest boards and Linkedin articles. We have over 11k followers.

18. Volunteer admin for How To Create A Toxic Free Community with world wide leaders in the organic movement. Educate, motivate and inspire moms, dads and members of the world to reduce the amount of toxins in their communities.

19. Organized a meeting of the minds dinner with Reno City Council Woman Naomi Duerr. Local environmental groups met for an evening of food and drinks, to share in an open forum what their groups are working on, what help they need if any and to network in a way to help foster growth in sustainability.

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Marcia Litsinger shows off a pumpkin growing at her market garden, Churchill Butte Organics. The Litsingers are part of the coalition of organic producers creating a new private organization, Basin and Range Organics, to continue organic.

20. Committee member for BAR O a new Nevada Organics Certified program to replace the defunct Nevada Agriculture Certification program. Working with Pat Lynch and board to market, educate and establish a NEW and Improved Organic Certification Program in Nevada. http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/17457660-113/organization-plowing-ahead-to-provide-organic-certification

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Mandela African Scholars at Silver Sage School in Nevada

21. Meet with Mandela African Scholars to discuss sustainability, pesticides exposures, GMO’s and organic farming alternatives at Silver Sage School and Healthy Communities event in Northern Nevada.

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22. Help create and market The Pollinator Fair at Urban Roots. Led a kid friendly spelling bee, gave awards and prizes while educating the public on how to buy plants that are pesticide free. Face painting, honey bee watching, insects, organic plants and more! Kelsey and the team at Urban Roots rocked our socks that day!

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22. Encourage YOU to Partner with local environmental groups to create real and immediate positive change for our community, friends and our children. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120 or email her at sandy @ bee habitat dot com.

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Pesticide Free Parks in Northern Nevada and Beyond!

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Reported by: Jaime Hayden

City of Reno beginning pesticide free pilot program

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — A pesticide free training took place at Reno City Hall Tuesday. City officials learned alternative ways to keep Reno parks green, but with more natural products.

“We just want to get out ahead of the curve, to the extent we can, and protect our citizens,” said Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr.

The city of Reno is implementing a pesticide free pilot program at Reno parks. “We have 86 parks in Reno and what we are doing is moving out with 12 of them on a trial basis, experimental basis, to see if we can go pesticide free.”

Instead, parks will use more natural soil. Duerr believes the program is vital to our community. “We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals both on our soil and on people, we want our parks to be as welcoming and safe as possible, and it’s a city council initiative.”

Duerr says the main goal of the program is to make Reno parks safer and more natural for kids to play in. “I think that would be wonderful, if they can find a way to do it more naturally and keep our parks still green and playable with playable surfaces, I think that would be wonderful,” said local mom Morningstar Helvey.

Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit group, explained to officials about the dangers of using chemicals. “We’re concerned about elevated rates of asthma in children and learning disabilities, and autism and long term effects such as cancer,” said Jay Feldman.

read full article on News 4 website here: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/City-of-Reno-beginning-pesticide-free-pilot/DjzP_8LT6kStMYejN8ruOQ.cspx

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Pesticide Free Training for Northern Nevada!

history in the making for nevadaPlease see attached location and agenda for the pesticide free training at city hall. You must RSVP with the form link below to reserve your seats! Download Flyer here: Pesticide Free Training in Reno.

Download Agenda for Pesticide Free Parks training here.

We are confirmed for the training on Tuesday, July 28 in Council Chambers at Reno City Hall (1 E. First Street, Reno, NV 89501).

Check in will occur from 8-8:30 a.m. The city will have coffee and light snacks during that time.

The training will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch to be served at 12 p.m.

Please RSVP with the link below or call Sandy @ 775 453 6120 to reserve your seat.

Can’t make the class? No worries, click here to get a copy of the course materials and information.

Here is the link to the online RSVP form: http://bit.ly/1M8j083

Sandy Rowley
BeeHabitat.com
775 453 6120

City Sample Management Plans Here.

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Orkin should not have the honor

Please ask Google to remove Orkin Pest control from their search results for the words Bee Habitat. A more honorable website reference would be Xerces Society or Beyond Pesticides, not the very company responsible for their death and extermination.

Please do a Google search for Bee Habitat, then click the little grey feedback button and ask Google to replace their definition of a bee habitat to one that is bee friendly.  View search term results here: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=bee+habitat

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Thank you so much!

Sandy Rowley

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Bee’s stunned and dying after corn field treated with deadly NEONICS

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Bees and Neonicotinoid Corn

this video from a large apiary (1,300+ hives) in Minnesota is going to turn up the heat exponentially on Monsanto and the EPA relative to the effects of neonicontinoids on bees and the need to immediately ban these substances as they have recently done in Europe. Please share the video far and wide–I have no doubt that efforts will be made to remove it….. …these hives are owned by Steve Ellis who serves as Secretary of the National HoneyBee Advisory Board. His credentials speaks volumes. A nearby farm planted corn a few days later and the dust – presumably clothianidin (used on 90%+ of American corn as seed treatment) blew around and contaminated willows and other plants the bees were foraging on. The kill started on May 7th and Steve is still waiting results of tests. He is certain it was the neonics in the corn planted dust. This, folks, it what you call a “game-changer.” The credentials of the owner, the timing of the planting, and the video record of the effects on the bees will forever change the argument about neonicotinoids and their effects on bees…..

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Reno Garden Shops : Selling Poisonous Flowers?

Bad Buzz: Studies Say Neonic Pesticides Hurt Wild Bees

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, managed honeybees — which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops like almonds — didn’t show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did.

A second study published in the same journal showed that in lab tests bees are not repelled by the pesticides, and may even prefer pesticide-coated crops, making the problem worse.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/bad-buzz-studies-say-neonic-pesticides-hurt-wild-bees-n346356

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