On September 15th, The North Lawndale Employment Network and Sweet Beginnings, LLC were pleased to partner with The Garfield Park Conservatory to present the Chicago premiere of the critically-acclaimed Vanishing of the Bees documentary. The event was a great success because of the film’s educational and thought provoking value, and the feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive. Sweet Beginnings assembled an expert discussion panel (pictured above with CEO Brenda Palms Barber and panel moderator Deborah Crable) that included John Hansen, Head Beekeeper of Sweet Beginnings and Past-President of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association, Julio Tuma, Beekeeper of the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chef Eric Paul, named “America’s Healthiest Chef”, and Lissa Dysart, an amateur beekeeper and Specialty Team Leader at Whole Foods South Loop.
The event received press in The North Lawndale Community News and The Chicago Defender. Sweet Beginnings, LLC is also considering partnering with another organization to screen Vanishing of the Bees in the spring of 2011, to coincide with the beginning of the beekeeping season. Stay tuned!