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Milkwood Social: Film Night: Vanishing of the Bees

September 22, 2011 | Community Projects, Off-Farm goings on | 8 comments | Author:

Roll up, roll up. It’s our very first film night in Mudgee! We thought we’d start with Vanishing of the Bees, an amazing doco about why organic beekeeping (and farming) is so darn important. And it’s free! Please join us for a local wine, a wood fired pizza and a great evening:

Wednesday 5th October, 6pm onwards at Roths Wine Bar, Mudgee NSW.

Our guest speaker for this event is Tim Malfroy, natural beekeeper extraordinaire. Tim has kindly offered to be a part of this evening and will attempt to answer questions raised by the film, which shouldn’t be a problem given his rather impressive knowledge of beekeeping, bees, and what the future may hold for them (and us).

Honeycomb in a Warré Hive. Photo by Cathy X.

Join us for an evening of thoughtful drinking and interested eating as we all chomp, swallow and discuss this very important and fascinating issue.

Milkwood Social: Film Night: Vanishing of the Bees: Wed 5th Oct 2011

Roths Wine Bar, 30 Market Street, Mudgee NSW

6.00pm doors open to The Shed (with open fire). Get yourself a drink, and a seat.

6.30pm film starts

7.30pm film ends. Order a woodfired pizza, a local wine and join in the Q&A that this excellent film with no doubt bring up.

8.00pm keep eating, chatting and drinking as your night permits.

Tim Malfroy inspecting a Warré hive in suburban Sydney. Photo by Anthony Andrist.

About Tim Malfroy:

Tim is a second-generation beekeeper, growing up on a large apiary in the foothills of the World Heritage Blue Mountains. He has been practicing organic and biodynamic beekeeping since he started keeping his own bees in 2006.

In 2008 he was the first beekeeper in Australia to build and trial a Warré hive, and traveled to Apimondia in France 2009 to take part in the first conference session on Warré and top-bar beekeeping.

He teaches apiculture to over 100 students a year through the Natural Beekeeping courses with Milkwood Permaculture.

About the film:

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.

About Milkwood Social:

Milkwood Social is an irregular and innovative series of events run in Mudgee and Sydney. They’re a chance to network, chat and share experience and knowledge about helping good things to grow. Usually free, always a good time. Join us.

So! Who’s coming?

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  • Urban GreenSpace September 22, 2011 at 8:06 am | Reply

    Pollen truly has one of the most apt names in the field :)

    Looks like a great film – wish we could make it. Any chance of a film night on a weekend sometime?

    1. milkwoodkirsten September 22, 2011 at 9:03 am | Reply

      ahrg we’d love to – current prob is finding a cheap, nice space in town to show films on the weekend – hard to do! Roths is like a little piece of laneway Melbourne, in the middle of Mudgee, but with open fires. Love it :) – maybe if this one goes fabulously we can convince them to give up a Saturday night in between their touring acts…

  • Beth K. September 24, 2011 at 5:34 am | Reply

    I had heard that CCD is caused by GM crops which make digestion impossible for bees. If the honey is indigestible, maybe that’s why the other bees won’t touch it. Has anyone researched this?

    1. milkwoodkirsten September 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Reply

      don’t have any references for you on that one, sorry Beth – will post here if i find?

  • Ronnie September 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply

    If you are ever interested I have a place in the blue mountains that you could use. I run a guest house in Wentorth Falls and have a function room that you work quite well I think. I bit far from Mudgee, but the offer is there. :)

    1. milkwoodkirsten September 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply

      thanks, Ronnie, we’ll keep it in mind :)

  • […] you near Mudgee NSW? Come along to our Milkwood Social screening of Vanishing of the bees on October 5th, with guest speaker Tim Malfroy! It will be a great […]

  • GKindred October 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply

    There is a similar doco coming out that I really want to see…
    It’s called ‘Queen of the Sun’.

    Looks to be quite good.


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