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The Pollinator Connection: Bee-ginnings that have bee-gun

Published in the Ashland Daily Tidings

Posted Jul 26, 2017 at 5:57 PM Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM

There is a beginning to everything. But sometimes I wonder — just when WAS the beginning? Because, preceding a “beginning” are various working relationships, unknown connections, synchronicity of people and events, and doors opening and closing.

The first beginning I want to tell you about resulted from an idea mentioned by Catie Faryl of Center for Creative Change and the wonderful relationship Pollinator Project Rogue Valley (PPRV) has developed with Lisa Arkin and Krystal Abrams of Beyond Toxics over the last year and a half.

Because of these connections and “perfect” timing — we proudly announce that Beyond Toxics, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, and Center for Creative Change will soon have a lovely office in Phoenix! Much gratitude to Thrive for donating some of their furniture to this endeavor!

We are excited about the possibility that this shared space brings to the Valley. Our office will be a place to gather to create the change that needs to happen around pesticides and the harm they cause pollinators and people alike, coalesce organizations and businesses working to create a sustainable Valley, offer community events and educational sessions, and support creative thought, actions and solutions.

Everyone is invited to our grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 107 W. First St. in Phoenix — we’ll have food, music, art, prizes, and more!