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Earth Day 2014


HOPLAND, Calif., March 26, 2014 — On Saturday, April 26 the Solar Living Institute invites you to celebrate Earth Day 2014 and pay tribute to our armies of pollinators! Expert beekeepers and local honey producers will offer advice and a taste of local honey, while kids enjoy a range of buzzing activities.

During the event The Urban Bee Lab at University of California Berkeley (UCB) and Davis (UCD) and its team of researchers will be available, together they study, conserve, and promote native bee populations. “Our mission is to survey and evaluate ecological relationships of native California bee species and their flowers in selected agro and urban ecosystems.  We will be offering a presentation on the biology and ecology of native bees, their importance to urban and agricultural landscapes, and how to encourage native bees to visit your garden,” explained researcher Jaime Pawelek.

Children and families are welcomed and will be encouraged to make seed balls using native wildflower seeds donated by Le Ballister seeds, and egg carton bees. Linda Geernaert of Hilltop Honey will also be offering a kids workshop to make bees wax lip salve. 

 “Our food depends upon bees, in fact around one third of our crop production relies upon bee pollination,” comments SLI Program Manager Hannah Bird. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our alliance with bees and learn how we can help to save them as they face pesticides, disease and flowerless landscapes.” The event is free and will be held from 10am-3pm on Saturday April 26.

For additional information contact SLI at (707) 472-2460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the SLI website www.solarliving.org and on the home page, click on the About button and then click Special Events. The Solar Living Center is located at 13771 S. Hwy 101, Hopland, CA 95449.  

This event is free. Donations to the Solar Living Institute are gratefully appreciated.

For more information contact SLI at 707-472-2460 or visit www.solarliving.org

Supported by the Mendocino County Beekeepers Guild and UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab

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The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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