Urban Agriculture Series: Bees, Brews, and Blossoms

 23 May
 Blackstone Brewing Facility
  - - Nashville - United States
 Urban Green Lab
We team with Thomas Solinksy from Sound Forest and Blackstone Brewery and Austin Littrell from Sweet Swarms Apiary, for an interactive tour of this urban orchard, hops farm and honey bee collective. We'll learn how Blackstone and Soundforest are benefiting from Sweet Swarms' pollination efforts, and how the bees are buzzing over the bounty of blossom varieties! (We hop you can join us for what will certainly bee a wonderful time) Come ready to learn and make merry. There will be craft beer for purchase, and what better setting to enjoy than among blossoming fruit trees and happy bees? Donations always welcomed and appreciated! When: Saturday 23 May, 12-2 PM Where: Blackstone Brewing Facilities, 2314 Clifton Ave, 37209 Please RSVP here and invite your friends! _____________________________________________ About Our Partners: SoundForest.org a 501c3 EcoCharity offering sustainability programs to help improve the environment. Their goal is to educate and enable companies, local government, community groups, and individuals to operate in an improved eco-friendly manner. Their primary focus is to help restore natural and urban forests by planting trees to improve water quality, filter pollutants from the air, save energy by shading AC units, and create wildlife habitat in both rural and urban sites. Their fruit tree program helps produce locally grown produce. We also offer composting and recycling programs as well as promotes alternative methods of transportation including the benefits of riding bikes. Thomas is Founder and Executive Director of Soundforest. His goal is to reach as many people as possible and help raise awareness about the importance protecting trees has in sustaining our Earth. Current projects beyond SoundForest.org include founding the Nashville Bicycle Alliance, the creation of PedalPost.com bicycle parking systems, and SongForest.com. _____________________________________________ Austin Litrell from Greenleaf Aquaponics and Sweet Swarms Apiary has partnered with Urban Green Lab in the past for our Aquaponics workshop in February. With partner Betsy, they launched Green Leaf Aquaponics in July of 2014 as a business incubator for experiments in urban agriculture and infill development. Green Leaf Aquaponics, a passive solar aquaponics greenhouse with productive green facade, is one facet of their micro, urban homestead (featured on Volunteer Gardener) complete with , bokashi-, traditional-, and vermi-composting, chickens, 200 sf. soil garden, and their beloved dog Gracey. Additionally, Austin is tour manager for local artist Rayland Baxter and does landscaping work. His partner Betsy is an intern architect and organic and non-GMO food enthusiast and educator.

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