Bee Talk, Marion Nestle, Bee Class, Ron Finley, yeah!

We know: we keep using exclamation points on our posts, but come on, look at all the bounty! Hope to see you at one of these events in the next two weeks!

xome architectsFirst, Friday June 14: Bob from Urban Bee will be presenting at Om Culture in Wallingford as part of the Permaculture Now series SUPPER! (Seattle Urban Permculture Practice, Education, and Resources). Bring food for Potluck at 6:30; talk starts at 7. Subjects covered: how bees went from gods to slaves; new practices in urban beekeeping; biomimicry; how a bee would ride the Tour de France; and the spirit of the hive. Gratuitous quotes from Sylvia Plath to Maurice Maeterlink to Wendell Berry. This is a really fun series and we hope you can make it!

Marion-Nestle-Books-940x626THEN, Tuesday June 18, we are proud to support the appearance of Marion Nestle, writer of the renowned FOOD POLITICS blog and numerous books on the subject. Dr. Nestle will be speaking at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church as part of their THE WELL series.  If you don’t know:

Dr. Nestle has received many awards and honors including the 2011 National Public Health Hero award from the University of California Berkeley School Of Public Health.

Dr. Nestle has written many articles and blogs regularly. Two of her books that will be of particular interest for this presentation are Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

BFFOn Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm we are offering Field Sessions at the Beacon Food Forest apiary. The classes include a guided tour of the food forest (itself an amazement), plus an introduction to bees and urban beekeeping, a conversation about local food systems and more. Veils and gloves provided. Cost is $25. There are about five spots left, so get in touch now to make a reservation. Details here!

Lastly, Wednesday, June 26th, also at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church. Again we are happy to support their series THE WELL and the presentation of Ron Finley, urban gardener from Los Angeles. Listen to Ron’s TED talk here and come out to see him in person in a couple weeks.

New Bee Movie at SIFF

We are proud to support the presentation of the new documentary MORE THAN HONEY at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival.

Featuring breathtaking cinemetography, MORE THAN HONEY updates our understanding of Colony Collapse Disorder — the syndrome destroying the commercial honeybee business, and the global food system along with it. Academy Award-nominated director Marcus Imhoof also traces the story of his grandfather, a sideline beekeeper of 150 colonies.

The movie screens May 23 at 8:30 pm, and June 4 at 4:30 pm. Details here.

If you’re on our mailing list, watch your email for a special ticket offer!  (If not, sign up now to join the mailing list.)

More than Honey – Markus Imhoof (Official Trailer) from CIBER Science on Vimeo.

Wallingford Art Walk

beeflyerThe Wallingford Art Walk (tonight, May 8!) features the work of Mikael Béland of the eponymous Béland Photo Media. Mikael has generously offered to donate proceeds from the sale of work to Urban Bee Company’s community programs: we’ll use it to fund our community garden hives at Yesler Terrace, Beacon Food Forest, and Alleycat Acres, and also for our partnership to support indigenous beekeepers in Nicaragua. The photos are stunning too. Check out some of Mikael’s work at his site, go to the art walk and buy a bunch of art. Everyone wins! Thanks to Mikael Béland for this generous offer.

Go Ride a Bike!

Two fabulous bicycle events going on this weekend and next, both of which we are proud to be sponsoring:


40 miles to freedomStreets & Beets: benefit ride for Alleycat Acres, Seattle’s urban farm collective — also a location for our beehives! The farmers and their supporters are trading their pitchforks for bicycles and raising money to sustain the all-volunteer effort. Local matters y’all! Ride starts at 9:30 am on Saturday May 4th… there’s still time to sign up or donate: find out the latest news on Alleycat’s Facebook page.


pollinator rideAn extended Critical Mass, the M.O.B. Roll gang rolls from Bellingham to Olympia in a cavalcade of events. On 5/11 in Seattle is The Pollinator, a bike race from Myrtle Edwards Park to Nora’s Woods in Leschi. Co-produced by Bombus Bikes (our favorite bicycle company), the race has several pollinator-themed happenings, cool prizes and a BBQ afterparty. Gather at Myrtle Edwards at 4 pm, race starts at 5.

Telling the Bees

Urban Bee Co. founder Bob Redmond gave this slideshow talk in February at the Neptune Theater as part of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture‘s “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” programming. Each speaker submitted a timed slideshow to which they then gave live remarks. It was a thrill to present with so many terrific people, and support the Burke Museum.

Here’s the short talk, recently posted online (thanks Burke!) It is called “Telling the Bees: How Bees Went from Gods to Slaves.” See all the talks via the link.

(The Burke’s excellent exhibit runs through June 10, 2012! Details here.)