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Savory Thymes invites you and your family to join us for a community gathering
to benefit the Marin Survivor Stock Queen Bee Project
and the work of SuperOrganism.

Saturday, June 16, 2012
1:00 - 4:00

Hillside Gardens, Mill Valley

The afternoon will include:
Native bee walks led by Dr. Gordon Frankie of the Urban Bee Lab, U.C. Berkeley
Great Sunflower Project talk by Gretchen LeBuhn, Associate Professor of Biology at SF State
Demonstration and learning stations presented by the Marin Beekeepers Association
Skep making demonstration by master weaver Charlie Kennard
Tasting of local honey
Tasting of local meads
Live Celtic and sunny afternoon music

Savory and Sweet afternoon hors d'oeuvres and drink will be served.

This is a kid friendly event so please bring your children.

Tickets are $35 per person (kids are $1; 2 per adult please)

We encourage you to dress comfortably and casually.

RSVP to Jerry Draper at beecele@superorg.org (reservations for kids are required)
To purchase tickets please click here

 

Honey bees are still failing, here and across the nation at an unsustainable rate of a third a year. We understand that the obstacles to their success have, in large part, come out of the way we keep the bees and grow food. Changing large scale bee breeding is a slow process; it is a business. Changing on a small, grassroots scale, can take place more rapidly because backyard beekeepers can take risks that do not endanger their livelihoods. The Marin Beekeepers are at the forefront of a number of groups across the nation taking on a challenging project that directly takes on the decline: the husbanding of sustainable populations of local untreated bees.

They are breeding queens that have overwintered, that are laying well and that have genetic resistance to pathogens. Resistance involves a variety of genetic traits. One, hygienic behavior, is an olfactory ability to locate mites or disease within a sealed brood cell and clean it out before the pathogen can spread. The bees that do not carry the genes will undo this work, recapping the opened infected cells and prolonging the presence of the pathogens in the hive. This sensing trait is recessive, and because queens mate in the air with non-related drones, most colonies in an area need to carry the genetics.
Beekeepers are known for being independent individuals, but many local Marin County beekeepers have joined in a cooperative effort to improve local stock. The group has brought experts to Marin to speak and conduct workshops. With proceeds from past Celebration of the Bee events, they have purchased equipment to test for resistant traits. They have also funded a nine-month pollen-testing project to analyze what pesticides are in the Marin environment. With mentors and a growing expertise within the group, the Marin Beekeepers have embarked on a stock selection and breeding project. They are coordinating test equipment, reference materials, seminars, connections with other groups, forage plantings and a program to distribute queens. They are looking beyond mere survival to a gentle, productive, local resistant strain of honey bee, and your ticket to this pleasure-filled event will contribute to that goal.

About SuperOrganism:
SuperOrganism is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering sustainable agricultural practices through research, events, publications, lectures, demonstrations, and other means. SuperOrganism takes its name and purpose from the model of a honey bee (Apis Mellifera) colony where individuals work selflessly and mindfully towards the common good of the whole.
visit the SuperOrganism website

About Savory Thymes:
Savory Thymes convenes artists, grassroots organizations and activists in order to cross pollinate ideas, build relationships and alliances, and provide a space to galvanize support for
a wide variety of social and environmental initiatives. Established in 2005, by Alison Ghiorse, Savory Thymes supports and educates the public about local and sustainable systems within
the context of grassroots movements and the arts, through events that celebrate the beauty,
the tastes, and the textures of the Earth.
visit the Savory Thymes website

Shuttle instructions: vans will be running from the Mill Valley Middle School starting at 12:45 There will be a shuttle running from the parking lot of the Mill Valley Middle School to Hillside Gardens beginning at 12:45pm. The directions below will take you to the pick-up point for the shuttle. All guests must take the shuttle as parking at the event location is prohibited.

From the East Bay or From Santa Rosa (North):

Take 101 South and exit at East Blithedale
Right onto East Blithedale
Take East Blithedale to the 2nd light at Camino Alto
Turn Left on Camino Alto. Proceed to first light (Sycamore)
Turn Left on Sycamore. The Middle School is on the left. The parking lot is at the rear. If necessary, there is additional parking across the street at the Mill Valley Sewer Department

From San Francisco:

Take 101 North and exit at the East Blithedale Exit
Left onto East Blithedale
Take East Blithedale to the 2nd light at Camino Alto
Turn Left on Camino Alto. Proceed to first light (Sycamore)
Turn Left on Sycamore. The Middle School is on the left. The parking lot is at the rear. If necessary, there is additional parking across the street at the Mill Valley Sewer Department.