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Restoring Eden- Help Honey Bees and Pollinators in Your Home Garden or Landscape Resource List

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Plants for Pollinators

Pollinator Partnership Cascade Mixed Forest Planting Guide: https://pollinator.org/PDFs/Guides/CascadeMixedrx8FINAL.pdf

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies: http://www.xerces.org/announcing-the-publication-of-attracting-native-pollinators/

Pollinator ID

Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies: http://www.xerces.org/announcing-the-publication-of-attracting-native-pollinators/

Bee Smart’ Pollinator ID App: http://pollinator.org/beesmartapp.htm


The Organic View Radio Show -June Stoyer and Thom Theobald interview international bee experts: http://www.theorganicview.com/category/bees/

Boulder Co. Beekeepers. Thom Theobald’s Corner- Thom speaks out about Clothianidin and neonics. Links to research: http://www.bouldercountybeekeepers.org/toms-corner/

Neonicotinoid Research/Publications

Systemic Pesticides: A Disaster in the Making.  Dutch toxicologist Dr. Hank Tennekes discusses carcinogenic effect of neonicotinoids: http://www.disasterinthemaking.com/about_the_author.html

Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder. Bulletin of Insectology: http://www.bulletinofinsectology.org/pdfarticles/vol67-2014-125-130lu.pdf
The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides: http://www.tfsp.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/WIA-MB.pdf


Interview with Dr. Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard talking about his latest research on honeybees and neonicotinoids titled Sub-lethal Exposure To Neonicotinoids Impaired Honeybees Winterization Before Proceeding To Colony Collapse Disorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KGPR2qkKmY

Local Pollinator Gardens/Organic Resources

Whitson Elementary School, Columbia High School Pollinator Gardens

Humbleroots Nursery- Native Plants: Humbleroots nursery.com

Dirt Hugger- Organic Compost: Dirthugger.com

Grow Organic- Plants, Amendments, Classes: Groworganics.org

Melissa Bees- Landscape Design/Build/Maintenance: Melissabees.com

Take Action

Pollinator Defense Council: http://pollinatorstewardship.org/?page_id=2538

Center for Food Safety: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/take-action

Xerces Society: http://www.xerces.org/take-action-to-protect-pollinators/





City of Eugene Receives Melissa Bee Good Award

Melissa Elliott presents the Eugene City Council and Mayor Piercy with the Melissa Bee Good Award, For Making Life Sweeter for Bees.  The Council voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on City property this spring, becoming the first municipality in the United States to do so.  Eugene has set the gold standard for land stewardship and honeybee and pollinator protection. May cities and towns across the United States and world follow their example!


Columbia Gorge Beekeeping Resource List 2014

Hives and Equipment

For group orders: Melissabees.com

Local Retail Store: Grow Organic

Portland: Ruhl Bee Supply


Nucs, Shakes, Kona Queens: John Kraus  kraus@gorge.net 509.493.3632

Ol Sol Apiary Nucs via Grow Organic

Packages, Nucs, Queens (Italian & Carniolan): Ruhl Bee Supply

Treatment-free hive nucs, with or without raised queens: Melissabees.com

Swarms and Swarm Capture


Bee Groups

White Salmon Bee Club: : wsbeeclub@googlegroups.com

Hood River Bee Club: Contact Grow Organic

A Few Fun Videos & Pages for Your Enjoyment!

Hiving Package Bees for Langstroth:

Zen and the Art of Package Bees


Package Hiving for Top Bar (Family Style):

‘Thwomp!’ Top Bar Hiving Technique:

‘Skirt’ Top Bar Hiving Technique:

Representative Reardon Accepts Melissa Bee Good Award

Melissa Bee Good Award Reardon Accepts Melissa Bee Good Award ReardonRep. Reardon (D-OR) accepts the Melissa Bee Good Award for ‘Making Life Sweeter for Bees’ by proposing legislation, HB 4139, to restrict non-licensed use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Portland. The bill was amended and passed the Senate 27-2 yesterday and will create a work group to find solutions for pollinator health. 

Melissa gave a talk about the importance of healthy landscape practices to the Oregon league of Conservation Voters ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ event and presented Rep. Reardon with his award of a jar of  honey from treatment-free hives kept in pesticide free gardens at the Waypost Bar in Portland, Oregon.

Way to go Rep. Reardon! You’re an inspiring example for representatives across the nation and globe.

Show your support, post a thank you to Rep. Reardon on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/reardonfororegon

Or write to him here:https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/reardon

Get involved with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters: http://www.olcv.org/

Join the Xerces Society today: http://www.xerces.org/

Beginning Beekeeping Class Series 2014

We’ve added hands-on field days in the apiary this year!

Want to get started beekeeping? Interested in treatment-free bees and beekeeping? Have some beekeeping experience but would like to know more? Want to know more about Langstroth, ToBee Academyp-bar and Warre hives? These classes are for you! Children welcome.

Join Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees, a local landscape designer, beekeeper and apitherapist for an inspiring, informative and practical look into the life and times of the honeybee and beekeeper.

Class 1: ‘History of Beekeeping and Life-Cycle of the Bee‘-  Learn about humanity’s primeval relationship with the bee, her medicine and honey. Peer into the mysterious inner workings of the hive. Discover the miraculous abilities of our most ancient ally, the honeybee. Practical matters will be covered: the how, where, when, cost, etc. of starting beekeeping.  Tues. Feb 25th, 6:30 pm  1 1/2 hrs. $35

Class 2: ‘The First Year of Keeping‘- Subjects include hive placement and protection, sourcing bees, hiving bees (putting them in the hive), handling the bees, swarming (bees’ natural increase), supering and related topics.  Resource materials will be available to take home. Tues. Mar 4th, 6:30 pm 2 hrs. $40

Early April TBA:

Class 3: ‘Hiving Bees’ field day in our apiary, where you’ll have a chance to see a few techniques for putting bees in a hive and ask questions.  Full beekeeping gear required for IMG_1278participants. 1 hr. $15

Class 4: ‘Hands-on Hive Inspection’  field day in our apiary where you’ll learn how to manipulate frames, identify eggs, brood and find the queen.  Discussion will cover when and how to super your hive.  We’ll have a look at top-bar and Warre hives as well.  Full beekeeping gear required for participants. 1 hr. $15

Late April/Early May TBA:

Class 5: ‘Swarms and Splits’:  We’ll discuss swarming in more depth and basic techniques for splitting hives to increase your apiary.  Hive inspection and re-queening issues will be covered.  1 1/2 hr. $35

Aug TBA:

Class 6: ‘Honey House’: Join us in a sticky kitchen and learn how to uncap, spin and bottle honey.  Learn how to recover remnant wax. $15

ALL SIX CLASSES:  $150 paid in advance.

Payment: (Cash or Check) or by Paypal incl. taxes and fees.  Payment address: PO Box 62, White Salmon, WA 98672.  Please submit payment at least one week before class.

Where: Private residence, White Salmon WA. On sign-up you will receive location info.

Violet Hive


A Message of Hope From Colombia

Hi everybody my name is Daniel Felipe, I’m from Colombia and i am a farmer , I produce tomatoes and different kind of vegetables, but my principal concern is to transfer knowledge to the future of our planet: children.
I work in a school of my town, and I have the opportunity of being near of children’s from 2 years until sixteen years old.
Well, the first point is what kind of knowledge?
I really believe that bees have our life in them sweetie and beauty hives, because they give to us life example; her life is synonym of hard, work, and cooperation, and they get a big responsibility pollinizing plants for our food, and seeds.
That’s the principal idea that children’s of world need to get; life can be really sweet but we need to work for it.
Secondly but not less important is that we need to keep safe some space for the life of these beauty bees, how? Planting different plants that bees really love to live. in our country we have a lot species (big biodiversity) and we can plant along the year so it’s really nice see flower, bees and smiling faces of innocence’s kids.
The third thing is teach them that food grow from they are setting or sitting, and the most important is to respect that form of life, and show them how importance had the land in our life.
Basically is really easy, they are unruly happy and curious, and the seed in Colombia have been planted; we all for bees !
I <<Heart>>Apis.
Thanks a lot!

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Bee Friendly Landscapes

ExtraordinaryGardensTestConsultation, Design/Build and Maintenance. Serving the Portland/Vancouver Metro area and Columbia River Gorge  503-313-0378  Email here.

Melissa Bees at Gorge Food Forum: ‘Landscaping for Bee Health’ Oct. 12th, Skamania, WA

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Melissa Bees at ‘UnBeelievable Bees’ at the World Forestry Center in Portland Sept. 8th

Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees presents ‘Hive Medicine: How the Bees Keep Us and How We Can Better Keep Them’.  Honeybees are tiny agents of civilization, whose work underlies human agriculture and medicine.  Our very existence on the planet is tied to the presence of honeybees and we have a sacred responsibility to keep them well.  The bees are ailing from unhealthy landscape practices.  Learn how you- as a homeowner, renter, businessperson or caretaker, can participate in keeping bees healthy- whether you have a hive or not!

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‘She Who Watches’ Hive

She Who Watches Hive

She Who Watches Hive

My father appreciates handmade objects of beauty, particularly forms that transcend time and contain messages that speak silently to the heart. This is his art and his sacred gift to me.

I have a childhood memory of standing in front of a display case filled with Plains Indian artifacts, holding my father’s hand and him asking me, “How many hours do you think it took the woman to weave that basket? Just imagine… she collected the reeds, dyed them and then wove those tiny strands into a bowl with a pattern, no less.  How did she know how to do all that and who taught her?  What do you think she collected in it? It’s a far cry from our silly green Tupperware bowls, don’t you think?”  We stood there in awe, wondering together.  When we walked in the woods he would call out tree names, just by reading the leaves or the bark.  It was a mystery to me how he knew them and I hoped I could unlock the secret someday. He would look up and say,  “That’s the mighty White Oak. Oak, Hickory and Maple stretched from New York to the Mississippi before white people came.  They say a squirrel could travel by tree without ever touching the ground, can you imagine the primeval canopy…”

From him I learned we weren’t the only ones.

When I was a teenager, my father hauled a twenty foot long log into our garage and began to carve a totem for the school where he taught fifth grade.  He poured over books about Northwest Coast Native designs, sitting next to the wood stove developing sketches.  The work of the Haida spoke to him in particular with it’s graphic complexity and striking animal faces, whose spirits leapt from the pages of the book. He chose animals that were native to Indiana where we lived: Beaver, bear, fox and eagle and adapted designs for his totem. One night while he straddled the log and carved, I sat in a chair nearby as chips flew from his chisel and landed in my lap. I fed them to the fire as we discussed the social benefits of the potlach ceremony.  Later, when I asked him how long it took to carve the totem he laughed and said he stopped counting after 440 hours, meaning some things are worth the sacrifice.


My father, William P. Elliott with his totem.

From him I learned we aren’t the only ones and that beauty is worth devoting yourself to. Which seems particularly significant to me now, given this is my 40th year on the planet and the beginning of life’s waning cycle.  Aware of my own mortality, I feel a sense of urgency and responsibility to protect what is alive and what wants to come alive.  The honeybees and other pollinators are in trouble due to pesticides, and as they go, so do we and many other living things. They are the tiny giants on whose shoulders we stand. As I walk through this gate of transition in my own life, I’m fueled with a fire to help keep the land, the bees and the people well.

I called on my father to help me carve a log bee hive for my birthday.  Trees are the natural home for bees- and as a matter of fact in Europe, and in the Ukraine in particular there is a long-standing tradition of carving log hives for bees.  I found a local mill owner who graciously supplied the log and hollowed it in exchange for bee classes next season.  The log I chose was Western Red Cedar, traditionally carved by Northwest Coast tribes and a tree of great power.  The log was decidedly feminine, with skirt-like flutes at the bottom, chosen in honor of the female monarchy it would house.

When my father asked what I wanted to carve I told him I wasn’t sure, but that the image of ‘She Who Watches’ or Tsagaglalal was in my thoughts.  ‘She Who Watches’ is a 10,000 year-old Wishram petroglyph and pictograph carved in the rock canyon above the Columbia River not far from our home in White Salmon, Washington.  She was a chief who was concerned that her people had abundance.  As the legend goes, Coyote warned her that the world was going to change and that there wouldn’t be chiefs any more, so he turned her to stone to forever watch over her people.

In the woodshop

In the ‘She Who Watches’ Hive Wood Shop

We chose the image of ‘She Who Watches’ for the ‘head’, and for the body, a bee.  The lemniscate, or waggle dance of the bee forms the breast and heart. The hive entrance is at the triangle of the bee’s belly.  Remarkably, we carved the hive in three days in our front yard wood shop.

Like the chief ‘She Who Watches’, the bees preside over our existence on the planet, providing for and protecting us.   ‘She Who Watches’ is also seen as a death mask, carrying a message of warning for the future.  The same can be said for the bees, who act as psychopomps, or spirit guides.  They are warning us of the peril in our ways.  Will we listen? What beauty will we devote ourselves to?

***Thanks Dad, for sharing your art with me!  Through the process of making the ‘She Who Watches’ Hive I learned that ancestors and spirit allies come to life by our ability to perceive them, though our very own breath,  imagination and willingness of our hearts and hands.  Love you xo

The Legend of ‘She Who Watches’ as told by Ed Edmo: