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A wonderful way to begin a bee friendly county!

On Tuesday February 2nd, 2016 Thanksgiving Coffee Company hosted the first Bee Bold Mendocino Advisory Committee meeting.

The goal is to make Mendocino the first “Bee Friendly” County in California.

The meeting  began with introductions all around.

Top row left to right – Paul Katzeff – CEO and Co-Founder of Thanksgiving Coffee Company, Tanya Wyldflower – Coastal Bee Keeper, Lavender Cinnamon – Community Development for Thanksgiving Coffee Company, Joan Katzeff – President and Co-Founder of Thanksgiving Coffee Company, Elmer Whaley – Community Environmental Activist, Betty Lou Whaley – Coastal Bee Keeper, Erin Arnsteen – Pollinator Friendly Gardening, Parducci Vineyards, Jess Arnsteen – Manager of Edible Ecosystem for Parducci Vineyards.

Bottom row from left to right, Tim Ward- Farmer and Director of Fundraising and Programming at the Grange Farm School, Sakina Bush – Mendocino Farmers Market Manager, Miles Gordon – Mendocino Food Policy Council, CA Food Policy Council, David Martinez – Winnemen Wintu Community Activist, Anna Marie Stenberg – Mendocino Community Activist, Cornelia Reynolds – Noyo Food Forest Executive Director,

(Not Pictured: Kate Frey – Sustainable Gardens, Co – Author of “Bee Friendly Gardens”, John Schaeffer – President and Founder Real Goods, and Michael Thiele – Gaia Bees.

After our introductions, which included a delicious local honey tasting,  3 main areas of focus were identified.

  1. Policy on pesticide use in Mendocino County. Address the use of Round Up and neonics.
  2. Education/Public Awareness of the plight of bees in Mendocino County.
  3. Planting and providing forage for pollinators and bees in Mendocino County.

At our next meeting we will be defining what we want to accomplish, how to do it, and the desired outcome.

John Schaffer from Real Goods will host the next Bee Bold Advisory Committee Meeting in March.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who came and is willing to work towards a better future for the bees in Mendocino County!

Bee Bold Mendo“Evolution isn’t random.  We all work together.  The act of working together IS the evolution. Cooperation between us accelerates  development of each species.  The way we hold and support ourselves and each other advances our shared evolution”                               The Song of Increase

For current news and developments of Bee Bold in Mendocino visit www.facebook.com/beeboldmendo . 

If you want to participate please call Lavender Cinnamon 707 964-0118 ext. 107 or email me at lavender@thanksgivingcoffee.com