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Hood River Middle School Robotics Team goes to State Competition with Bee Garden Project

HRMS Robotics Team in Hood River, Oregon made it to the state competition this year with a problem-solving project to help the bees.  They’re going to create a bee garden along with a food forest with the help of Mr. Michael Becker, the Food And Conservation Science teacher at the school!  I’m so impressed by these kids, we spent an afternoon talking about the problems bees face and within a few weeks they created a model project for other schools to follow!

Melissa Bees Featured in The Gorge Magazine

The Gorge Magazine Article

Interview w/Mike Darcy ‘In the Garden’ on KXL-Planting for Honeybees 6/6/15


Melissa Bees Pollinator HedgerowMelissa Bees Magic Mountain BasilElderberry Patio Shot Vaglienti

I had a great time talking with Mike this morning about planting for honeybees and our native bees.  Every plant I mentioned receives a wide array of solitary bee visitors as well, not just honeybees.  Bumbles, Sweat bees, Mining bees and Masons.  I talk about the value of Elderberries and Ninebark, both native and lovely purple cultivars in the interview. The top photo is of a Ninebark, Woods’ Rose and Snowberry hedgerow planting in my own garden. Plant one or several and watch the pollinators show up in droves!  Elderberry ‘Black Lace’, one of my favorite trees for small spaces because of its arching multi-stemmed habit that can be pruned back hard every few years and for it’s lovely pink flower panicles and the fact it’s a medicinal plant, great for the respiratory tract and will keep you and the bees humming along. The ‘Magic Mountain’ Basil I mention at the end of the interview is pictured in the middle, from one of my gardens in Hood River. I think it grew to more like 6′ in diameter, than the 4′ I mentioned, when not pinched back.  Extraordinary. Thanks for listening and for planting flowers that make life sweeter for bees!

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Melissa Bees in Oregon Association of Nurseries DIGGER Magazine

Feeding the Bees Digger Magazine Melissa BeesGreat news for bees! Check out the feature article with some of my ideas and photos, ‘Feeding the Bees’ in the June issue of Digger magazine by Kym Porkorny.  Learn what you can plant for bees and other pollinators in your garden this year!


Melissa Bees Talk- Restoring Eden: How You Can Help Honeybees and Other Pollinators in Your Home Garden or Landscape- At Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Mar. 11th, 2015

Restoring Eden ULSpecial thanks to Patty Ingraham, Green Team Leader at Underwriters Laboratories for having me for the second year as a part of their Green Expo. We had a super engaged group of about 20 employees at the talk who are looking for ways to help bees at their homes and in their community. I look forward to hearing about their work in the future!

Japanese Hive- ‘Hachi Hive’

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/