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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!



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


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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


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


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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GOOD NEWS FOR BEES! and us too ;)


The White House released today, National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/national-strategy-to-promote-the-health-of-honey-bees-and-other-pollinators/1554/

(see accompanying story by the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whats-all-the-obama-buzz-about-bees/2015/05/18/5ebd1580-fd6a-11e4-805c-c3f407e5a9e9_story.html)

How timely!  It’s Wildflower Week this week, and Pollinator Week is just around the corner (June 15-21; http://pollinator.org/pollinator_week_2014.htm)

It’s time to engage, Colleagues and Partners!  We are on the hook for progress in pollinator conservation from this day forward.  Here are some of the measurable activities we at the USDA/FS have committed to as part of our participation in this unprecedented effort for pollinators in the U.S.:

–          Host pollinator themed events around nationally recognized days (Wildflower Week, Pollinator Week, Earth Day, Public Lands Day)

–          Add events to Pollinator Partnership website (and NICE database!) for tracking nationally

–          Help promote 1,000 new registered pollinator gardens on Pollinator Partnership (http://www.pollinator.org/SHARE.htm) and/or Greater Atlanta Poll. Partnership (http://gapp.org/) websites.

–          Educate gardeners with zip code-searchable Ecoregional Guides to Pollinator Friendly Plantings (FS-produced!): http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm

–          Develop partnerships with non-traditional entities (Zumba Fitness) to connect pollinators, food, fitness, health, and the outdoors.

–          Reach out to media partners with messages about how USDA/FS is working to help pollinators

–          Continue with and expand USDA/FS restoration efforts using native plants and pollinator habitat.

–          Include K-12 pollinator education materials in 4-H Youth Science Day, Ag. In the Classroom, school gardens, GreenSchools!, and other opportunities to share with academic networks.

–          Share newly developed NACD Pollinator Heroes K-12 publications (http://www.nacdnet.org/education/resources/local-heroes)

–          Develop Pollinator Youth Ambassador Program

–          Create pollinator health presentations for national education conferences, as webinars, and distance learning events.

–          Fund & develop Pollinator Public Service Announcements








How to save the bees?

organic flowers save beesHow to save the bees

Honeybees, leaf cutter bees, butterflies, lady bugs and all kinds of pollinators are in a fight for their life. Why? Bee Habitat loss.

Top 5 Reasons Why our Friendly Bugs are disappearing at an alarming rate:

1. Loss of habitat: Ever expanding shopping malls, apartment complexes and mini mansions are eating up what is left of their natural habitats.

2. Pesticide exposure: Every plant, tree, shrub, flower that you purchase from large or small garden shops have been treated with a systemic pesticide that can last up to 5 years on the woody parts of the plant. You cannot “wash” this pesticide off. Seeds are treated as well. These pesticides are called neonicotinoids, or NEONICS for short.

3.  The flower industry uses up to 50x’s the amount of pesticides. When buying flowers or plants for your loved one, you are sending them a beautiful bee trap. Thousands of florists each year suffer from debilitating diseases, tumors and health problems as a result.

4. Big AG uses a great deal of pesticides to grow mono crops to maximize their dead soils efficiency.  Round up, pesticides and bringing in bees from other parts of the country to pollinate their crops knowing the pesticides will kill the bees. They have to truck in pollinators as they have all but destroyed what was left of their local bee populations.

5. Lack of correct information to follow. So much misinformation is shared by well meaning and not so kind pesticide companies. Mommy bloggers are hired to write articles on bees and pesticides as well.

What can I do about this? How do I get started helping my local pollinators?

Buy organic. When ever you buy organic food, flowers and plants, you help an areas local pollinators make it through to another season. Organic farmers need bees to pollinate their crops and often plant wildflowers along side their crops to help attract them to their fields. Supporting a local organic farmer will help keep organics in the grocery isles. Encouraging more organic farmers will help repair the soil and eco system for a number of wildlife including bees. Try searching for a local supplier of organic bouquets, flowers and plants, but if you cannot find one, start your own or go online and search for organic garden shop, organic flowers or native plant garden shops. Most native plants should be pesticide free or neonic free. Planting local native plants will help save you water, energy and will not need to use synthetic fertilizers that kill the soil and harm your health.

Please ask your neighbors to do the same. Share this information with as many people as you can. Thank you for caring for our bees future as well as your own.

Sandy Rowley