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Vanishing of the Bees

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Documentary by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein
US Release – August 21, 2010
National Honeybee Awareness Day!

Vanishing of the Bees takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film also highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to a tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Providing viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives, Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating the greater meaning surrounding the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message – but will we listen?

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From The Office to the Farm: One Woman Makes a Drastic Career Change

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Kristin Kimball left her freelance career in Manhattan for 500 acres in northeastern New York State.

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love [Hardcover]
By Kristin Kimball (Author)
Scribner (October 12, 2010)

By Kristin Kimball
The Oprah Magazine
October 13, 2010

Excerpt:

The other day, rummaging for something in the depths of my desk, I found an eight-year-old to-do list scribbled on the back of a receipt: “Reheel black shoes. Pick up dry cleaning. Call super re: sink. Meet P for drinks.” For a minute, I sat there remembering what it was like to be a single woman in Manhattan. Now my to-do list starts with milking eight cows at dawn and ends with closing the laying hens in their coop at dusk. The dry-cleanables wore out a long time ago, and I wear heels so infrequently I’ve forgotten how to walk in them.

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New $1.1 million program to create urban farms in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood

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Kathleen Merrigan, a deputy secretary with the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funds

By Mark Gillispie
The Plain Dealer
Oct 27, 2010

Excerpt:

CLEVELAND, Ohio — By next fall, a group of fledgling farmers could be harvesting the last of their crops on what today is a bleak stretch of vacant property in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood.

Officials from the city of Cleveland, the Ohio and U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Ohio State University Extension Service announced a three-year, $1.1 million pilot program Wednesday to create an urban farm at East 83rd Street and Gill Avenue.

These officials hope that the Cleveland Urban Agricultural Incubator Project will not only turn people into entrepreneurs but will help convert a food “desert” into an oasis of fruits and vegetables.

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