Category Archives: Metro DC Events

Non-SFDC events that are in line with what SFDC believes in

‘Queen of the Sun’ to pollinate awareness of honeybee crisis

Director Taggart Siegel will introduce his award-winning  documentary ‘Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?’ at a special screening 7 PM May 10 in the Byrd Auditorium  at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). The event is co-sponsored by Fresh and Local CSA, a Shepherdstown biodynamic farm that advocates for the natural world, and The Locavore Project – WV, an initiative to raise awareness of area farms. The event is hosted by  NCTC’s Community Lecture series and was made possible through the Herculean efforts of NCTC’s Mark Madison.

Portland-based Taggart Siegel’s documentary is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, and never return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists from around the world, struggling for the survival of the bees.

Queen of The Sun emphasizes the biodynamic and organic communities that have deep and profound insights into the long-term issues that have brought about the recent collapse.

Bees have provided humans with honey, wax and pollination for our food for over 10,000 years. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist who, in 1923, predicted that within 100 years, “The mechanization of beekeeping and industrialization will eventually destroy beekeeping.”

 

“It’s not just honeybees that are affected by whatever is destroying hives, of course,” says Fresh and Local CSA farmer Logan Balliett. “Native pollinator’s, the ones that co-evolved with New World food plants are also dying out. Some 40% of our food supply requires pollination. This is getting serious.”

 

Queen of The Sun takes a journey around the world to uncover the compelling perspectives concerning the complex problems bees are facing such as malnutrition, pesticides, genetically modified crops, migratory beekeeping, parasites, pathogens, and lack of genetic diversity from excessive queen breeding.  The film elegantly finds practical solutions and discovers the deep link between bees survival and our own.

Beekeeper Gunther Hauk of Floyd Virginia calls the crisis, “More important even than global warming. We could call it Colony Collapse of the human being too.” Hauk also likes to say as often as possible “Steiner was right, Steiner was right!”

Recently, the U.N. released a study confirming that bee decline is a global issue. “Of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.” The head of the U.N. Environmental Programme warns. “The writing is on the wall. We have to do something to ensure pollination for future generations.”

Bees are the engines that keep the earth in bloom. Queen of The Sun presents the bee crisis as a global wake-up call and illuminates a growing movement of beekeepers, community activists and scientists who are committed to renewing a culture in balance with nature.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

An independent filmmaker since the mid-1980’s, Taggart Siegel is best known as the director of the 2006 grass roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. This critically acclaimed feature documentary about a maverick visionary farmer, won 31 international film festivals awards and was released theatrically around the world. Siegel is also known for his award-winning films The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, Between Two Worlds and Blue Collar and Buddha, which capture the struggle of refugees in America. He is the co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco.

About the co-sponsors

More information on Fresh and Local CSA is at www.freshandlocalcsa.com.

More information on The Locavore Project – WV is at tinyurl.com/locavore-WV

 

March 31 happy hour: Let’s reach 201 pledges at Lounge 201!

WHAT: Happy hour to benefit DC’s first mobile farmers’ market
WHEN: Thursday, 31 March from 5-8pm
WHERE: Lounge 201 (201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE), near Union Station/Capitol Hill

ON TAP:

  • Complimentary appetizers featuring local, sustainable beef from Arcadia’s friends at White House Meats
  • Special cocktails made with local spirits

Come and learn about Arcadia’s Mobile Market, bring your friends, and don’t forget a credit card to make a secure online donation to our Kickstarter campaign on one of the on-site laptops. In addition, Lounge 201 has generously agreed to donate a percentage of happy hour sales to support the mobile market.

HELP US GET THIS FOOD BUS ON THE ROAD!
Arcadia’s goal is to raise enough to purchase and retrofit a 25-foot school bus, convert it to run on biofuel, and have the whole shebang up and making market stops and school visits around Washington, DC in early summer 2011. The Mobile Market will be where food is needed — in low-income neighborhoods known as “food deserts” — bringing healthy, local food to the places people naturally gather. And we need YOU to help make it happen!

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING
We need the community to pledge $15,000 by Earth Day (April 22), or no money changes hands and it gets a lot harder for us to get healthy food to folks who need it. Together, we can make this happen!

GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Get yourself a hip bumper sticker for just a $25 donation. Or be the envy of all of your friends as you point out your name artfully painted on the side of the mobile market, which you earned with a $1000 donation.*

JOIN OUR FRESH FOOD REVOLUTION!
*DC Greens is the fiscal sponsor of Arcadia and the Mobile Market. Your donation to DC Greens is fully tax deductible less the fair market value of any goods received.

If you can’t make the event, but still want to contribute, please go to www.arcadiafood.org.

For questions about this event or Arcadia’s Mobile Market, please contact ibti(at)arcadiafood.org.

Local Restaurants for Local Kids, March 3rd

On Thursday March, 3rd, 2011, portions of proceeds from a handful of great farm to table restaurants in Washington, DC will go to the D.C. Farm to School Network!  Support two great causes – locally-owned restaurants that source from farms nearby, AND the D.C. Farm to School Network, which connects D.C. schools with healthy, local foods for their school meals.

Participating restaurants include:

Check out D.C. Farm to School Network for more details!

After you have done a good deed and enjoyed your meal nominate the restaurant of your choice for the Snail of Approval!

16 April 2011: DC urban farm bike tour, young farmer documentary, and local food reception

What better way to celebrate responsibly-produced, local food than by meeting farmers and food lovers in your area at an urban farm, food, film, and bicycling extravaganza on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in April?

As part of the premiere of the Greenhorns documentary that celebrates young, inspired farmers around the country, some of the DC area’s own young (and not so young) farmers will be teaching at workshops at urban farms around the city

Note: bicycles are encouraged, but not required. Attendees are welcome to participate in any portion of the activities.

The day begins at 1pm at the Mamie D. Lee community garden in Fort Totten. By 6pm, we will have made our way (by bicycle, metro, or car) to the Washington Youth Garden and Common Good City Farm, winding up at the lovely Letelier Theater in Georgetown, where there will be a screening of the documentary and a reception/mixer with delectable food and drink supplied by area producers.

Entry to the event is by donation on a sliding scale: $10-30. The theater seats 90 people maximum — first come, first seated — but all are welcome to the bike tour and reception. For more information, please contact maureen(at)arcadiafood(dot)org.

8 March 2011 Beer + Bus Bash: Help get DC’s first mobile farmers’ market on the road!

Looking for something to do on Mardi Gras? Come support Arcadia’s effort to bring fresh, local food all around the city via the District’s first mobile farmers’ market.

From 4-8pm on March 8, come by for complimentary small bites and a cash beer bar at Churchkey — one of DC’s newest hotspots, located at 1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010.

While you’re there, learn about the exciting work going on at Arcadia and make a donation to an online Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to get the mobile market on the road. Onsite laptops will be available.

Come celebrate with good food, beer, and people! You might just find yourself calling it Mardi Bus next year….

For more information, please contact ibti(at)arcadiafood(dot)org.

TEDx: Changing the Way We Eat, Feb 12

This Saturday, Feb 12th, there will be a FREE live streamed event discussing how we can shift our industrial food system to one that provides good, clean, fair food for all. An incredible lineup of speakers including Slow Food USA President, Josh Viertel, will be presenting:

http://tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/

You can watch the live webcast from 10:30am – 6:00pm on February 12th at http://www.livestream.com/tedx.

Additionally two local viewing parties will be happening concurrently for FREE!

In DC, Future Harvest CASA will be hosting a viewing party including many local speakers! Find out more and sign up here:

http://www.futureharvestcasa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111&Itemid=82

In Bethesda, Md, Bethesda Green will be hosting a viewing party including local speakers such as Slow Food DC Chair, Kati Gimes. Find out more and sign up here:

http://www.meetup.com/greenhome-113/events/16106876/