Last night we attended a viewing of Queen of the Sun at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. The movie came to the attention of our Market Manager, Josie, and quickly turned from a single event to the Go Local Film Series. We were a sponsor for this opening film along with The Sierra Club. Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Friendly City Food Coop, Arts Council of the Valley, Cinemuse, and JMU Earth Club will sponsor the continuing series.

I found the movie to be engaging as it tugged at my heart and at times made me laugh.  It makes me want to do better. There are so many things happening in our world beyond our influence that have a profoundly negative impact on bees and our personal environments. Some of these are things we participate in as a family. There are also many areas where I know we’re making decisions that cause the least impact. There is always hope and sometimes I find new ways to use less or even change the way I think about something to make a difference.

There was a panel discussion afterward that focused on various issues related to bees and keeping a sound environment for them and us. The panel was moderated by Suzi Carter of Friendly City Food Coop and included Stuart, Karl from The Natural Garden, Lee from Radical Roots and Dr. Lee Ward who has conducted extensive research on the causes of honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder.

We put some honey out for a tasting and got to talk with lots of wonderful people about the film, beekeeping practices and the vagaries of keeping bees for a living.

Below is a design I created for the series posters. Look for future showings, I anticipate excellent films exploring issues related to going local. Surely, some of these will be about food!