Thanks To A Smart PSM Member!

Joseph Campbell Quote (c) All Rights Reserved

Joseph Campbell Quote (c) All Rights Reserved

Discounts For Growing Bees! And Thanks To A Smart Pollinator Support Movement Member!

Someone in the Pollinator Support Movement community just did a very good thing… they decided to take a risk and get personally-involved with growing “stingless” solitary bees! YES!!

When YOU finally decide to help repopulate pollinators in your immediate area, you are helping to keep your community and local gardeners eating and gardening.

Volunteer your money and your personal energy to this task, and get 5% off at crownbees.com when you use promo code alishabee2015. When you purchase, Pollinator Support Movement gets a product credit, so that we can purchase equipment for local organic farms who need the pollination help!

Bees are still dying faster than we can stop. Please learn more at PollinatorSupportMovement.com. There’s a lot to know.

Berkeley CA Ballot Report

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer and social activist, and the 2012 Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM. 

Perhaps you already read about Don “Bee”, and his contribution to the community and pollinators of Berkeley, California? Don, whose real name is Donald Hughes, has been working daily to get enough signatures on a proposed ballot measure that would seriously restrict and in some cases ban the neonicotinoid pesticide chemicals that are shown throughout the world to be destroying bees, and pollinators of all types.

You could say that Don “Bee” is the Bay Area PSM Collective chapter president. Recently, I added Don Bee to the list of approved authors for the PSM website (pollinatorsupportmovement.com), and have invited him to post about his work and daily experiences. (You know, just in case I can’t cover it as quickly as he needs help with.)

To reach Don directly, or to offer help, E-Mail to: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

If you would like to sign-up to be a part of the bee-saving collective known as Pollinator Support Movement, please click here.

Collecting signatures is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA

Collecting signatures at a farmers market is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA. Don is wearing his signature bee costume. He’s been known not to leave home without it.

The deadlines for signatures collection was originally May 5, 2014 (yesterday). But, Don says that the Berkeley City Council is supposed to be meeting soon, and discuss whether or not to allow Don’s proposed initiative more time to collect signatures.

When asked about his work, Don says: “Whether we get the deadline extended or not, we will still keep gathering signatures for the next election. We will pressure politicians and persuade people. We will not stop until neonicotinoid pesticides are banned.” 

Click here to submit an article that you think should go on the PSM website or FB page.

One of Don's original PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

One of Don’s original yellow-colored PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

More About Don

To properly say THANK YOU to Don for his incredible community work, I’d like to praise some of his other talents and projects. What I like about Don, personally, are his abilities to draw, and to talk to people into being peaceful. When I was living in the Bay Area, and attempting to launch Pollinator Support Movement in October of 2012, Don was THE FIRST PERSON that stepped-up to help. PSM is forever indebted to Don’s community organization and public speaking abilities.

Did you know that Don has OTHER names, too? It’s true! As an established black belt and instructor in Ninpo Taijutsu, Don is also known as Sensei. And, when he is performing in public as an entertainer, he is known as Dragon Master (“the world’s first Choose Your Own Adventure (series) rock and roll artist”). If you are in the East Bay area of San Francisco, CA, look Don up!

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

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Earning Money To Save The Bees

Written by Alisha “Bee”  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.

Let’s get to it.  

I am an entrepreneur trying to raise money for a bunch of projects.  I create art, music, products, and produce sustainable, community-inspired projects that help to save and restore bees and the food supply chain.  I need your continued support, as I try to build an online and offline-compatible system of doing my own business; which benefits our many ailing communities.  [Read: Social entrepreneurship] #dothework #joybasedcommerce

This post will act as my Spring newsletter.  Here is some progressive news about my Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards (“wedding flashcards”) product.  I am giving away half of the net proceeds on this product; to Pollinator Support Movement.  Fifty-percent (50%) of net online sales from this product will benefit (fund) Pollinator Support Movement‘s educational community improvement projects.

Wedding Day Technology (campaign)

My initial “Wedding Flashcards.com” website is being cross-promoted through an ad campaign project that I will be producing.  This ad campaign will aim to widely advertise to North American brides and their wedding team.  All of this ad hoopla will promote sales of my “Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards” professional planning tool (product).  Visit weddingflashcards.com to visit the current product website.  Note: sales are not currently being fulfilled.  This website is forever in production and editing.  But, I do plan to update all product web designs as soon as my new start-up budget, or, opportunity allows.

I hope to be able to hire my colleague project partner, Mark Short, as my ad campaign’s creative direction supervisor and designer.  Or, whatever he would want to do.  Mark is one of my favorite creative expert professionals.

Recently, Mark gave me two points on image crop and color for my current (new) wedding flashcards ad campaign concept piece.  I took his easy advice, and then added some conceptual elements to make this image into a sales ad (flyer).  I am already wondering: “If I give this conceptual ad to Mark, how would he interpret it in his own design style?”

Below is the conceptual ad design that I just mentioned:

Wedding Flashcards conceptual ad © 2014 Alisha the Explorer

Wedding Flashcards conceptual ad © 2014 Alisha the Explorer

Re: Ad campaign (Continued):

“My new, promotional ad campaign called, “Wedding Day Technology.com” will feature spacey-sustainable modern art as inspirational themes, and will promote the “wedding flashcards” product.  This campaign will also be cross-promoted at the recently purchased URL, Wedding Planning Forms.com.”  Alisha M. Forrester Scott, CEO of Alisha the Explorer, operator at Alisha Bee.com, founder of Pollinator Support Movement, creator of Wedding Flashcards.com product.

And, in other news:

Personal Business Card Lesson: My belief is that any business card design of mine should be fun and help to tell my story (for an affordable price).  My moo.com cards have arrived.

If you would like to learn more about moo, please click this link, so that Pollinator Support Movement gets my 50% net profit donation!

For this first lot of business cards, I have placed three images from my Pollinator Support Movement work, in Berkeley, CA (sometimes with Don “Bee” Hughes, a.k.a. Dragon Master), on the back of the cards.  On the front of the slightly-oversized business cards (with rounded edges/corners), I have placed a selfie image that I took while on a hike with Mark.  (Notice how I actually look happy.  I actually am a happy person.)  Oh, and there is a lot of exciting save the bees activism news coming from Berkeley, CA, involving Don Bee.  (I will be writing about it, soon.)  But, I digress.

I’ll post a snapshot of the business cards, soon.  For now, this is one of the three images which I’ve used as the other side to my new business cards: “Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012”

© Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012

Don Bee and Alisha Bee in Berkeley CA 2012 © 2014 Alisha the Explorer.com

Happy Spring!  OK + Thanks For Reading.

More updates will continue to come as I get further along in all of my projects.

❤ Bees and Alisha Bee.com. ❤

Is Sprung

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.  

My body feels at ease amongst wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside, more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make daily rests on the rooftop deck a must-do.  Insects and birds fill the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Last March, I arrived to Arizona for about a month; coming back from two years in the SF Bay Area, on my way to Albuquerque, NM.  I enjoyed the poppies and the mysterious Desert Tortoise.  This year, Spring begins on March 20.  Only, here in the Sedona area, Spring seems to have already began.  BUT, REALLY.  The Farmer’s Almanac says that it’s not Spring; that it’s Winter.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

What I have learned about signs of early Spring from others, my own observations and research:

  • There is a higher likelihood of seasonal frosts that kill budding fruit and all manner of trees.
  • The insects hatch early.  This complicates the food chain when, for instance, the birds hatch and their insect food is not available to them.  Fewer creatures live, which complicates the availability of food for the entire food chain.
  • Butterflies suffer.  They needed to have reserved more energy to make it through the summer.
  • There is less water available for all living things, since rising temperatures melt available snow sooner; ceasing the cycle. This includes detriment to crops such as wine grapes.
  • Grazing land animals eat grasses before the plants are at their proper stage of growth.  This kills the grasses that are supposed to grow all year long, and feeding grazing animals becomes a costly challenge.

I am mindful of the many reasons that are considered causes of climate change.  I see fossil fuels remaining on the stage of USA commerce.  I see airplanes criss-crossing over the skies of northern Arizona, nearly each day; dumping loads of unknown “fog” onto the high-altitude valleys below.  I see strangely beautiful sunsets in deep hues, surrounded by cloud formations that are unnaturally otherworldly.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

And now, I see wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make laying on the rooftop in the early afternoon a must.  Insects and birds are filling the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs…

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

My heart can still trust the willows that are already leafy green, but does not trust the force behind its conjured growth.  My eagerness to walk amongst Springtime does not outweigh my concern and disdain of the eagerness of this alien season.  I can see now that this is to be a terribly destructive, albeit, beautiful cycle.  It was less than four months ago that I wrote a poem in honor of Fall, and its falling leaves.  Feeling a deep concern in my body, I long for gobs of natural nature.  Now, where can I go to find it?  It appears that it has all been taken, or hidden, or ruined.  I hear that it may no longer exist in the places that are accessible to me.

Affiliated

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

I am happy to be using much of my energy to develop an online retail fundraising shop called Alisha Bee.com. This online shop will house products which I find have obvious benefits to consumers. The purpose of launching this type of online shop is to raise the necessary funds to finance the many vital Pollinator Support Movement projects that will continue to benefit the restoration of the bees while educating our local communities on how to sustain them.

Very recently, I have added two new products to the “Affiliates Section” at Alisha Bee.com.  One of the two products currently available is a highly-rated dental hygiene product called GumChucks.  I have personally used this flossing product since December 2012, and can report that I have no objections to using the product… it seems perfect.

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The other product available for sale is a USDA organic e-cigarette “juice” from a company called “Virgin Vapor”.  I found this product last summer 2013, after researching what was in the corner store e-cigarette liquids.  (Read: Toxic chemicals.)  Personally, I am not a cigarette smoker.  But, the reason for my research was that a loved one was purchasing the corner store liquid, and I tried it… and it even tasted toxic.

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Please benefit from my research and personal reports on these products.  And, when you click on the banners listed in the “Affiliate Section” at Alisha Bee.com, you’ll be purchasing directly from the companies that sell the products while simultaneously benefitting Pollinator Support Movement.  I have made agreements with both GumChucks and Virgin Vapor so that any time you click on the banners and purchase the products from their respective websites, PSM will get a small amount of money back.  Over time, I believe that this small amount of money will pay-off BIG, and PSM will be able to fund the vital projects.

For now, I am still working on the actual shop.alishabee.com.  This “other” section of my shop will feature items that I have in inventory… like the upcoming release of the Wedding Flashcards product.  Thank You for your ongoing support.  You are invited to reach and enjoy my daily production of Alisha’s Blog.

The mission of Pollinator Support Movement is to save and restore bees and the food supply chain. 

Pollinator Support Movement logo by Alisha © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

Pollinator Support Movement logo by Alisha © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

New Experience: Final Print

The post below was borrowed with permission from Alisha’s Blog.

New Experience: Final Print

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott 

With the upcoming release of my first product, Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards, and thanks to the non-profit discounts made available to me by Pinnacle Printing in Tempe, AZ, I will soon have an online retail program that will fund my bees awareness community projects with Pollinator Support Movement (PSM).

“The purpose of the wedding flashcards product is to help anyone planning a wedding to quickly schedule and monitor important wedding day details.  This professional planning tool has many benefits, and may be used with any event coordinator’s existing planning method.” Alisha M. Forrester Scott, product creator

After toiling with typesetting the final product design for the last six months, I recently ordered the first printed version of the market-ready flashcards deck.  There is actually one other printed product version that I am trying out, just to see which version is more user-friendly.  This second flashcards deck version will be printed sometime this week or next.  Unless I can get down to Phoenix in the next two weeks, I will likely have Pinnacle Printing mail both printed sets to my residence.

Additionally, I recently updated the Wedding Flashcards website, adding a link to downloadable the official product guide.  Click here to view the official Day of Wedding Timeline Organizer Flashcards product guide.  At this moment, my final project tasks include: taking product photos, designing final labeling, selecting final packaging, creating the “Master Timeline” online form, design the online promo campaign, and set-up SEO for the website.

Visit my product website at http://weddingflashcards.com.

The wedding flashcards project has been on my plate for over three years!  I am itching to “get this baby birthed” and free-up some energy to develop my other entrepreneurial interests.  With each flashcards deck that is sold online, I am offering 50% of my net profits to PSM.  You know… because the work to save and restore bees and the food supply chain MUST be done, and it isn’t exactly funded by anyone at this point.  Thank You for your support.  I am very interested in seeing this product perform well in the marketplace.  The bees are counting on me.

Wedding Flashcards product cover © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Wedding Flashcards product cover © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

The Co-Op Op

Justin Booz, The Co-Op Op, and Free Food for South Side Chicago
Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

Click here to listen to this article at the SoundCloud @BNN Bees News Network page.

Introducing Justin Booz

Late one evening, I sat comfortably on my bed in Phoenix, Arizona, with a notebook and pen.  By telephone, I interviewed Justin Booz in Chicago, Illinois.  Booz (pronounced boose) is one of founders of The Co-Operation Operation. Justin is a living proof that with intention and focus, wild dreams may be made manifest.  At present, he and his twenty-something hometown buddies are making history and positive names for themselves; tending raised bed garden boxes on a toxic land plot in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Justin Booz is a bona fide multi-talented artist, who also speaks French and plays the cello.  He has a healthy sense of humor and a promotional smile that attracts friendly people.  Justin is loved by many, and in my playful opinion would easily win if he ever ran as the Mayor of Chicago.  Speaking on the benefits of working in the garden and garden project, Justin shares, “Boy, oh Boy, is it worth it.”

I originally met Booz inside of a posh San Francisco building, while volunteering as a live camera operator at an annual French cuisine event.  He had arrived on-site before I had, and was also a volunteer cameraperson.

In between working, we talked and discovered that we both lived in the east bay of the San Francisco.  And, we were both living life as low-income agricultural-activist-artists.  We were supporting and amongst the citizens who openly protested Wall Street greed during historical movements such as Occupy Oakland.

Once, Justin and I had fun volunteering together on the lower portion of a public art piece drawn with sidewalk chalk, sponsored by the Chalkupy Oakland group.  For our part, we drew blue and white-colored ocean waves.

While still living in the bay area, I visited Justin during his residency at a local urban-agricultural collective in Berkeley, called P.L.A.C.E.  He was practicing the sustainable lifestyle that he admires.  As friends living in different “neighborhoods” in the east bay area, we often talked often about our dreams of sustainable creativity.  We agreed that freedom and free community food gardens would someday become a social staple.

Since that lifetime in the bay area, the last time I saw Justin was during Thanksgiving 2012.  I was visiting family in Arizona for the holiday.  He stopped for a brief stay in Arizona while on his way back home to Chicago.

Introducing The Co-Operation Operation

Are you living in the south side of Chicago?  Do you like Kale, Cherry tomatoes, Onion, Zucchini, Chard, Cucumber, Radishes, Basil, Lettuce, or Nasturtium (edible flowers that taste like pepper)?  Do you enjoy the positive physical and emotional benefits from consuming entire meals grown in organic gardens?

If you do, be prepared to fall completely in love with the creators of The Co-Operation Operation; a FREE organic food and urban community garden.  Neighbors are emotionally re-investing in the neighborhood itself, and are sharing their social energy to power basic garden projects.

The urban garden that is being established is currently 5000 square feet, and features 41 beds for food production.  The intention behind “The Co-Op Op” urban garden installation is to grow an organic garden that produces enough food for residents of the local neighborhood and surrounding community.

The Co-Op Op on FB already has 800+ Likes; mostly from the United States.  A majority of online response originates from the Chicago-area, but does include both coasts.  Booz reports, “People from over 20 countries like what we’re doing.”

About the Pullman Neighborhood and Garden Site

For general information about the Pullman neighborhood and its historic national role, search online for “Pullman rail cars”.  About 1000 households exist in the Pullman area, which is about four blocks by four blocks large.  The median age of the Pullman neighborhood is mid-thirties.  The area’s racially diverse neighborhood has a smattering of wealthy people, but is historically poor.

Booz says that the hood is, “…not a hip, or, up-and-coming neighborhood.  It’s kind of like a small town.  You could cross the neighborhood in a 10-30 minute walk.”  And, to be frank, no one living in the area ever expects community investment or the birth of profitable commercial potential.

The word “diversity” aptly describes the history of the Pullman area, and the many unfulfilled visions that have existed for this particular land parcel.  One previous land use proposal included plans for a park, but there was no community interest and no investment capital to power any changes.  A decade-long general rejection by The Alderman land council to incoming projects proposals, has felt morally degrading to the locals.

During the last 10-years, the local political system has been plagued with deadlock.  Constant infighting and open disagreement have prevented the community at large from finding a beneficial use for the land.  Environmental quality and local political leaders have been unable to unite the neighborhood.

The land parcel that The Co-Operation Operation is on had previously remained “un-zoned” because of a special designation by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “Super Fund Site”.  What is a “Super Fund Site”?  In a short description, a general health-hazard.  Any land parcel labeled as a Super Fund Site means that it is utterly polluted and contaminated.  Like many land plots in the county, the garden site was off-limits.  That is, until The Co-Operation Operation began toxic remediation.

Interview with Justin Booz of The Co-Operation Operation

As I questioned Justin Booz about his personal experience living a sustainable lifestyle, I was surprised when he described his current existence, “Like living a mystery novel and thriller novel all at once.”

Alisha:  What is the message you are sending, and whom are you sending it to?  

Justin:  The message that we are sending to the entire local neighborhood is “come and take vegetables!” In this way, the garden is benefitting the local neighborhood by improving it, and offering nourishment to the neighbors that want to become involved and fed for free.

A:  How do they know to come and take vegetables? 

J:  Word of mouth invitations.  Members of The Co-Operation Operation project are integrated into the established neighborhood network.  The neighborhood response to the project is openly positive, and one staff member is typically on-site at the garden each day to greet and invite neighbors and curious others as they stop-by.

A:  How do you describe what the project is accomplishing?

J:  Providing a place for neighbors to nourish themselves with garden fresh produce is in itself a simple idea.  Metaphorically, the garden space is opening a community door that was previously unable to be opened, and is filling a void.  Symbolically, the regeneration of this working-class neighborhood is unexpected.  It is hard for many locals to see that there is “Life” growing where people didn’t expect there to be. Everyone is excited at the early and present success of the project.

A:  Who performs the ever-important social media tasks?  

J:  Monica Wizgird, another founder who is on The Co-Op Op’s Outreach Committee, is the one who consistently posts vibrant photo stories on Facebook for everyone to enjoy.

A:  Do you and the group work to accomplish any specific food production goals?

J:  No.  The goal is to continue upgrading and developing the non-profit’s strategic organization and planning, and garden infrastructure.  Operating a high-functioning garden is the focus of the non-profit.  Currently, the The Co-Operation Operation urban garden project is protected by a 5-year land use contract signed in agreement with City of Chicago.  At the end of the term, members operating the site have been told that the non-profit will be given the option to purchase the garden site.

A:  Does The Co-Operation Operation plan to purchase the site?

J:  Yes.

A:  Please report on one unexpected and positive personal benefit from your participation in the project? 

J:  I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the importance of community and volunteerism.  And, I’m learning to build a more sustainable community through focused and collaborative development of a simple idea.

A:  How about one unexpected personal challenge that you have encountered while working on The Co-Operation Operation project? 

J: A rascal neighbor stalked members of our group, and attempted to sabotage the project by spreading very vicious lies.  It was a draining, drawn-out experience.

A:  What is The Co-Op Op planning to do during the Chicago winter? 

J:  A greenhouse made of common corrugated and greenhouse plastics, wood, steel, and concrete will help us to continue growing food in the cold.  So, the group will be nurturing winter crops.  We will continue with site improvements, including the exciting construction of a large water reservoir.

A:  What are your personal plans for winter? 

J:  I plan to work on getting our residential row house off of the grid using recycled materials.  First, gas; then electrical.  I will be working at the garden as a paid staff member through a city-funded “Designated Work Site” program.

About the Angels

Some members of The Co-Operation Operation are currently living near the urban garden in an old row house.  Busy with actively planning and documenting the project for historical purposes, project participants intend to duplicate their program at a second site.  Everyone living at the old row house helps at the garden.

Erin Delaney:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Education, Events, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Viviana Gentry:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Press Relations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Monica Wizgird:  Secretary Fundraising Chairperson, Social Media, Photography, Press Relations, Education, Events

Justin Booz:  Treasurer Building and Design, Press Relations

Elizabeth Nerat:  Garden Operations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Education, Events

Jessica Gorse:  Education, Events, Outreach

Sara Koperdak-Meekins:  Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Legal liason

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony  |  Photo by Alicja Wizgird "Pullman IS magic," echoed a child, to everyone's delight

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony | Photo by Alicja Wizgird
“Pullman IS magic,” echoed a child, to everyone’s delight

Reach The Co-Operation Operation

Website http://coopop.org

Phone number  (773) 609-3389

E-Mail  cooperationoperation@gmail.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cooperation-Operation/601185756574486