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    Thunder Valley Brings Honeybees to the “Good Food” Fight

    Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. adopted a powerful Food Sovereignty Initiative. A hive of honeybees has landed to help Thunder Valley win the “good food” fight. Thunder Valley wants community gardens – organic community gardens; They’re aiming for agricultural self-reliance amid a food desert; They want to teach community youth about sustainable agriculture … Bring on […]

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    Bees for Kids: Beehives Teach Kids 7 Vital Life Lessons

    What can kids learn from bees? Sure, we love the birds. But, for now, let’s talk about bees for kids – or, more precisely, the beehives that many schools are now hosting to teach kids. For one thing, schools are determined to bring the outdoors into education. Gardens are one popular way, but many schools […]

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    Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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    On Winter and Your Garden

    Before we turn your focus on homey comforts, consider doing the honey bees a favor before the cold, tough winter. As the trees finally shed their leaves and our thoughts turn to wintery pleasures and indoor activities, it’s easy to forget about the honey bee. After all, our busy little friends are hibernating out of […]

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  • A better place for us all

    Marla Spivak’s quest to uncover the factors of CCD “There is something palpable about these new MacArthur Fellows, about their character as explorers and pioneers at the cutting edge. These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. ”   ~~ Daniel J. Socolow, Director of the MacArthur […]

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    It is a Strange and Beautiful World

    Manmade stone beehives unnoticed for centuries in Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel. “It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing […]

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    Penstemon, Rudbeckia and Veronica: An Easy, Breezy, Flowering Combination for Mid-Summer Meadow Gardens

    Gardening for bees and humans alike: black-eyed Susan, sky-blue speedwell, and beard’s tongue Bees buzzing in the garden, sun-tea brewing on the terrace, and books piled high beside the hammock; sweet summertime is here at last. I love waking up to early morning sunshine playing upon the warm, summery colors in my garden.

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  • What is CCD, or “Colony Collapse Disorder”?

    What is it about that title? Hmmmm…….. ED Erectile dysfunction, RLS restless leg syndrome, ADD Attention deficit disorder. One thing I have noticed about human nature is that we need to identify, label and vilify the “disorder” so that we can blame someone else, create a patented wonder drug complete with research funding to solve […]

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