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Beekeeping – The Truth Shall Set Us Free


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.


  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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  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…


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










Bee Documentaries


Pollinator Corridors Education Course

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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”



  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/

Please tag your photos on Facebook with #bigask #bees #beehabitat to create more BUZZZZZZ.

We would love the encouragement!






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:

Video by Invictus Media:


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


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.

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!



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.


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!


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.


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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.

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.


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


Reno Nv Bees

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.