Special 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!
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
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!
Rep. 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.
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, Top-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 participants. 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
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.
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 !
Thanks a lot!