Did you know that honeybees are responsible for pollinating 40% of the food we eat? These amazing domesticated creatures do so much for us yet they are maligned, misunderstood and inadvertently starved by many methods of modern cultivation. Colony collapse disorder is rampant. The bees are disappearing. Fortunately, it isn’t too late. There is much we can do to help the bees survive and thrive. Portlander Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) and Jon Betz made a sweet, easy to understand film, Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? about the challenges honeybees face and what we can do to help them. It is sobering, inspiring and uplifting – a call to act on behalf of a species we depend on. It is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen.
Queen of the Sun is showing at the Hollywood Theater at least until October 3rd.
In honor of the film, Portland Mayor Sam Adams declared September 17-23 2010 the first annual honey bee week. The week included a Tour de Hive, where participants visited backyard beehives and learned about urban beekeeping. This Saturday, October 2nd, Tryon Life Community Farm is hosting a harvest festival and skillshare with lots of music, cob oven baked pizza, and workshops (including beekeeping). The cost for adults is $10-$20, and children under 12 are free.