October 20, 2013 (5-9:30p) Movie and Educational Event – National Food Day, “Vanishing of the Bees”, potluck, food prep demonstrations, harvesting and storage tips
Olmos Park Terrace Community Garden, 201 W. Mandalay, SATX
If you eat food (and something tells me you do) you are eligible to help Green Spaces Alliance celebrate at the 2nd Annual Food Day Celebration taking place on October 20th from 5pm-9pm at Olmos Park Terrace Community Garden.
This year, Green Spaces Alliance will be partnering with the National Environmental Education Foundation, Rick the Bee Keeper, Slow Food of South Texas, The Food Policy Council of San Antonio and Junior League of San Antonio to celebrate National Food Day. Not familiar with National Food Day? Food Day is officially celebrated every October 24th as a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.
What better way to celebrate food in San Antonio than at one of nearly 40 community gardens. Community Gardens demonstrate how food can be local, fresh and personal. For our second year of celebrating food during National Food Day we will again pair a movie screening with planting, potluck, and activities for the whole family. Our movie this year is “Vanishing of the Bees". Sugar advisory and food demos starting at 5:00 pm. Children’s activities including seed planting, seed tape, and pollination station starting at 5:00 pm. Bring a dish to share for the pre-movie potluck at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn-chair for a place to recline during the movie. Generally, movies start 30 minutes after sunset, but if there happens to be cloud cover this evening, we will begin the movie as soon as it is dark enough.
Parking is on the street. Please bring a chair and one to share if you have it. Potluck dishes are encouraged.
Description of Vanishing of the Bees:
"Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables.
Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.
Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery."