The event on Saturday, May 18, was created to heighten awareness of supporting local and sustainable food, as well as pollinators, including bees, birds, butterflies and bats.
“We focus on bees, but all pollinators are in danger because of climate change, chemicals, monocultures and things like that,” said Chris Perkins, GMO Free New Mexico, Bees & Seeds organizer. “There’s a condition in the environment right now that is making it a challenge for hives of bees to survive, so we’re trying to raise awareness about the dangers to honeybees. So promoting community, promoting local and sustainable food, and just making people aware that things are happening to bees and they’re super-important to our food supply. Four out of every five bites of our food comes from pollinated plants of some kind, so four out of five of our bites was impacted by a bee, so there’s a lot of concern.”
Attendees will get to take a home a plant of their own after getting the required stamps on their plant passport. Live music, an open mic, environmentally conscious arts and crafts, vegan and vegetarian food offerings, and more also will be part of the event.
“This (plant) passport is broken down into multiple categories, like soil and water and bees,” Perkins said. “We organize our vendors into these categories, and then we ask our vendors to mark off or stamp. We’re encouraging this community engagement where we’re giving them some blank forms, and kind of like a scavenger-hunt style, where you have to talk to four groups and you have multiple options to do so, and once you get four stamps, you turn that in for your plant.”