D-Town Farm in Detroit hosts Keep the Hives Alive Tour

James Cook and Karanja Famodou on Pollinators and Pesticides

Scientists agree that pesticides are a major factor in bee declines, and exposure to them can undermine bees’ ability to fight off common diseases or pests.

Beekeeper, James Cook, and filmmaker, Trent Waterman, are literally taking this message on the road with a 15-foot commercial bee truck that will travel from Minnesota to Bayer, Inc headquarters in NC and then to EPA headquarters in DC. The truck will bear a banner urging action on pollinator-toxic pesticides and protection for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Beekeepers, farmers, and anyone interested in pollinator health will attend "tour stops" along the way. 

Keep the Hives Alive tour is making a stop in Detroit at D-Town Farm on June 16th for a local event at 4 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. 

At the event, Filmmaker, Trent Waterman, will collect the stories of local, Michigan beekeepers that he will later turn into 2-minute videos as well as a 15-minute mini-documentary about bees and the harmful effects of pesticides.

Details of Event

A tour of D-Town Farm! Malik Yakini, executive director and co-founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network will provide the tour of the seven-acre organic farm in Detroit’s Rouge Park.

Children's activities include candle-making and a coloring page designed by Detroit Printmaker and Multi-media Artist, Kinga Osz-Kemp. The coloring pages will be delivered to Bayer with the message "Keep Hives Alive: No Pesticides”. 

Event attendees can sign the banner that will be delivered to the EPA urging action on pollinator-toxic pesticides and protection for pollinators.

Rep. John Conyers will have a staff person on hand to talk about his Saving America’s Pollinators bill and listen to concerns.

Hear from beekeepers James Cook and Karanja Famodou, and environmentalist, Melissa Cooper Sargent to learn about what we can all do to support bees! 

"Exposure to pesticides, even in low doses, can cause long-term impacts on bees, including weakened immune systems and impaired navigation, memory, and learning capabilities," according to Sargent, who is an environmental health educator for the Ecology Center. "Every homeowner and gardener can take steps to help pollinators, but the greatest benefit will come when manufacturers and regulators stop putting pesticide poisons on store shelves, on flowers, and on crops."

Food, farming, beekeeping and environmental groups have organized the tour that is traveling the country this June to raise awareness about the plight of pollinators and how toxic pesticides contribute to their decline. The tour will make several stops prior to and during National Pollinator Week (running from June 13-23rd), culminating in a final rally in Washington, DC, where supporters will urge EPA, USDA and Congress to take action on toxic pesticides and support sustainable agriculture.

This event is held in conjunction with our Ypsilanti Partners, Washtenaw County Food Policy Council, and their sister event also on June 16th from 10 am to 12 pm at Recreation Park, Congress St., Ypsilanti, MI.

WHAT:             D-Town Farm Hosts National Keep the Hives Alive Tour

WHEN:             Thursday, June 16, 2016: 4pm to 6pm

WHERE:          D-town Farm, 14027 West Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48239 (Rouge Park)

WHO:              James Cook, Trent Waterman, Karanja Famodou, Malik Yakini


Contact Melissa Sargent, melissas@ecocenter.org, Erica Bertram, erica@ecocenter.org  







Published on June 7, 2016