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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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Feel free to use our Free Powerpoint and/or Slide Share to present this idea to your community!

 

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Bee Documentary – Pollinator Activist Shares Her Secret to Saving the bees

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.

Bee part of history! Join our 10,000 organic yard and lawns initiative here!

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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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On Saving the Honey Bee

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Gunther Hauk is the co-founder of Spikenard Farm, a biodynamic and organic honey bee sanctuary. In this video he describes some of the problems facing our honey bees and offers hope of solutions.

This is a fund raising video for a DVD that Gunther will be making. He runs Spikenard Farm Honey Bee Sanctuary, a a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and accepts donations from individuals or organizations.

Gunther’s groundbreaking work in organic beekeeping techniques for he hobby beekeeper and small scale “backyard beekeeper” on preventing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) naturally will be made available on DVD in 2011.

For more information you can visit his website:
http://www.spikenardfarm.org

Video by Invictus Media:
http://www.invictusmedia.com

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Amazing Bee pulls nail out of her nest!

Please understand, This is NOT a honey bee, but a native Mason Bee. It is a female who had found a suitable hole to lay her eggs in. Someone, probably this bloak in the video, placed a nail to see what would happen. 🙂

You can purchase these gentle and super smart Mason bees here for your yard. Mason bees are very loving by nature. Native bees pollinate your gardens better than the non native honey bee.

Remember to buy only USDA Certified Organic seeds and plants this year. Lets give all bees a fighting chance! Stay NEONIC free!!!

 

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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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Recycle those old plant containers and help save our bees!

Help Us Grow Organic, Bee Friendly Flowers for our climate!

plant containersOver 80% of all “bee friendly” flowers and plants you buy at small and large garden shops, contain toxic chemicals that harm the health of bees and other friendly pollinators.

Help Bee Habitat create a city wide corridor of organically grown flowers, trees and plants that build the health of our sweet little bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Read bee friendly tips below and we would love your help. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120.

  1. Bee-come a Foster Parent to some beautiful organically grown bee food:
  • Verify that your plants are indeed growing without the use of embedded pesticides.
  • Help you learn how to verify your compost, soil, fertilizers, seeds and plants are indeed bee friendly.
  • Grow a beautiful Habitat Hospital, of native and zone friendly plants that will help heal our native pollinators.
  • Have your questions answered by local organic horticulturists, hobby gardeners and landscape designers who are committed to organic and healthy solutions.

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2. Bee-come a sponsor of a healthy ecosystem:

  • Donate used plant containers, pots and garden tools.
  • Share or donate used garden tools like shovels, spades, water hoses and the like.
  • Donate certified organic plants and seeds.

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View bee friendly plants for our climate in Northern Nevada here. Remember, to buy only certified organic seeds and plants to save the bees!

3. Bee-come a voice of reason:

  • Start a Bee Phone Tree by calling all of your friends and family and educate them on how most plants and seeds are already treated with long lasting bee killing pesticides. Have them call all of their friends and family and share this critically important information. When you know better, you do better.
  • Host a Bee Friendly party at your home. Educate your friends and family, share organic seeds, starts and plants. Enjoy healthy organic food and drink.
  • Plant an organic, bee friendly native habitat at a local park.
  • Start a Bee Calling effort. Call local garden shops and ask to speak with the manager. Ask them to carry more certified organic plants, seeds, soil and compost. Having certified organic products helps keep them honest.
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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!

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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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