In this week’s encore broadcast, eclectic Americana multi-instrumentalists Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys make their first visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage to share their forward-looking take on American roots music. Also joining us for the first time is Swedish/Icelandic female folk duo My Bubba who share their sparse and beautiful music, as well as stories about their experiences in circus school and side jobs as locomotive engineers.

Tune in Sunday evening, July 30th at 6:00 pm, when Mouthful welcomes back Carmen Snyder, executive director of FarmTrails, and several others to talk about summer's sweetest little fair, the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which this year has expanded to include our precious pollinators and their luscious gift of honey.

Sebastopol’s Village Building Convergence Resumes

Apr 17, 2016

  The Sebastopol Village Building Convergence is underway for a second and more extensive time, with an increased focus on neighborhood projects and informational programs.

A full schedule of events for the current Convergence can be found here (scroll down for event details).

Tiffany Camhi

  Now that we’re well into spring, gardens across the North Bay have been getting some familiar visitors - Bees. And a new book called “The Bee-Friendly Garden” offers ideas to help attract even more of the pollen-seeking insects. We headed north to check out the buzzing garden of co-author and bee-enthusiast Kate Frey

Legislation Would Aid Beleaguered Bees

Mar 10, 2016
Pesticide Action Network of North America

  Pollinating honeybees in California could gain some protection from pesticides believed to be contributing to their decline, under a measure now under consideration in Sacramento. Reporter Suzanne Potter has more.

Queen of the Sun

Dec 18, 2015

  Honey bees have been pollinating plants all over planet Earth for millennia. But now, rather abruptly, there are far fewer of them around to do the job. A new documentary examines the history of bees—and worries about their future.


An abridged version of Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us? opens the new season of Natural Heroes  Monday evening at 7:30 on KRCB Television. See a trailer for the full-length film below.

Court Ruling Benefits Bees

Sep 11, 2015

  A California court ruling will soon take off the market a potent pesticide that is suspected of harming or killing thousands of honeybees. Suzanne Potter has details.

Bees Still Facing Multiple Threats

Sep 8, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

In its fourth year at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, the National Heirloom Expo is bigger and more diverse than ever. And in addition to the vast array of fruits and vegetables on display, attention is being paid to the tiny animals that make all that abundance possible -- bees.

The Heirloom Expo continues through Thursday evening at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Follow these links to find a schedule of speakers and  musical performances and other special activities.

Dry times hard on bees

Apr 13, 2014

It's a foggy morning in Petaluma at Ettamarie Peterson's Farm. Peterson, who now has about five hives in her yard, has kept bees for 21 years. She is the president of the Sonoma County Bee Keeper's Association and says times are tough right now. 


"Last year we didn't get much honey at all because of the drought," she says. "A flower that is dry isn't going to produce the nectar or the pollen."


What To Do When Bees Are On The Move

Mar 11, 2014
Photo by Ettamarie Peterson / Sonoma County Beekeepers Association

  With spring-like weather conditions and warming temperatures, conditions are ripe for swarms of honeybees to be out looking for a new home. But even though they can be frightening, these buzzing clouds of bees aren’t really a hazard. So rather than getting out a spray or pesticide, the best response is to call a local beekeeper. That’s what Bruce Robinson did to get more detailed advice.

To find a beekeeper near you, go to the website for the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association  and click on the button that says “Swarm Help.”