The beloved and essential honey bee is under serious threat and with colony collapse disorder raging through our nation's bee hives almost 1/2 of all honey  bee colonies die each year. Though this is a challenge there is hope. My friend and best man at our wedding Taggart Siegal (director and writer of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John) has created an incredibly beautiful and inspiring documentary on the honey bee called "Queen of the Sun". As our official launch of New Harmony's educational program, New Harmony is collaborating with New Eden Collaborative of First Parish Church and Transition Newburyport to co-sponsor a fundraiser for New Eden Collaborative's organic bee program on Sunday, February 12 at 4:30 Pm at First Parish Church Newbury,20 High Rd. Newbury. After the film New Hampshire-based Bio-dynamic beekeeper, Amy Robinson, will hold a discussion and Q&A session on organic and bio-dynamic beekeeping. Suggested donation is $10 to help support organic bees.

To give opportunity to further discussion and deepen community there will be a "Local Flavor" potluck downstairs in Holton Hall following the discussion.

More about "Queen of the Sun"  “ The feel-good advocacy movie of the year. ” - Box Office Magazine

“A remarkable documentary that's also one of the most beautiful nature films I've seen.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. Now, beekeepers around the United States and around the world are reporting an incredible loss of honeybees, a phenomenon deemed “Colony Collapse Disorder.” This “pandemic” is indicated by bees disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. The queen is there, honey is there, but the bees are gone. For the first time, in an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? investigates the long-term causes behind the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, scientists and philosophers. QUEEN OF THE SUN features world renowned biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk, New York Times bestselling-author Michael Pollan, Indian Activist Vandana Shiva, and a compelling cast of characters from around the world. Together they take us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and into the mysterious world of the beehive. The film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, illuminating the deep link between humans and bees and how that historic and sacred relationship has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices. Beekeeper Gunther Hauk calls the crisis, “More important even than global warming. We could call it Colony Collapse of the human being too.” Bees are the engines that keep the earth in bloom. QUEEN OF THE SUN presents the bee crisis as a global wake-up call and illuminates a growing movement of beekeepers, community activists and scientists who are committed to renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Amy Robinson's Bio:

Amy Robinson has a vegetable farm and apiary in Brentwood, NH. She has been keeping bees for eleven years and studied with Gunther Hauk at the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY to learn biodynamic beekeeping. Amy was president of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association for five years and teaches beekeeping there and at other clubs.