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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!

 

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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Melissa Bees Welcomes Cascade Mountain School -Farm to Table Bike Camp- to the Garden for Hive Medicine July 12th!

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Apitherapy Course in Portland Oct. 5th-7th 2012

Apipuncture Demonstration Video-Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course coming to Portland Oct. 5-7th 2012

OCT. 5 -7, 2012
AMERICAN APITHERAPY SOCIETY, INC. presents the
17th ANNUAL Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course and Conference
GOVERNOR HOTEL, PORTLAND, OREGON
Go to: www.apitherapy.org for details about the program, faculty, hotel and registration.  EARLY BEE REGISTRATION BEFORE 8/31!

Acupuncture originated thousands of years ago from the use of apipuncture, or bee stings on the body’s meridians!  Frederique Keller, L.A.c. DOM and president of the American Apitherapy Society, demonstrates apipuncture on Bladder 23 on Dr. Alan Dennison, MD, at the Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course held in New Orleans last year.  The course is a wonderful opportunity to learn from and connect with beekeepers, healers and doctors utilizing products of the hive and bee venom therapy (BVT) in their practices.

For local (Portland and Columbia River Gorge)hive products, apitherapy and BVT (bee venom therapy) visit Melissabees.

 

 

 

 

Queen of the Sun Screening-Earth Day, Sun April 22nd 2012-Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon

A Special Conversation Film Series

Presented by Columbia Center for the Arts in Partnership with Aiden Wood & Saylor Sundby aka The Bee Men; the Discovery School and The Earth Center

Prior to ‘Queen of the Sun’ is a filming of the documentary ‘Saving the Bees’ by the Bee Men, Aiden Wood and Saylor Sundby.

Film maker Taggart Siegel and local bee experts will be on hand for a question and answer period following the film. Beekeepers and organic growers will have tables of their wares set up in the lobby for you to peruse including hives, honey and bee-related products.

Melissa Bees will participate with hives and Hive Medicine Products, including BeePharm Apitherapy Products for Health regularly seen on Dr. Oz and recently on Martha Stewart and in Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop: Bee Bread, Api-Defense, Bee Venom Eye Drops, Joint and Muscle Rescue, and Skin Rejuvenation and Firming Creams.

Where: Columbia Center for the Arts 215 Cascade Avenue  Hood River, OR 97031 (541) 387-8877

When: Earth Day, Sun. April 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Cost: $5.00 at the door

CoHousing is for the Bees: Oakleigh Meadow Co-Housing Workshop, Eugene OR

When a honeybee colony’s population expands beyond the bounds of a hive, it will swarm, and in one reproductive act, depart with the original queen and 40,000 or so workers, leaving behind approximately the same amount of workers and soon-to-be hatched queens, one of which will mother the left-behind colony.  When a swarm commences, the thrum of thousands of golden, honey-engorged bee bodies fills the air- as well as the heart of one who witness it- with anticipatory glee and a tinge of fearful unknowing.  A great cloud of whizzing bees rises up and away from the hive entrance and emits a sweet neroli-like perfume, which identifies the group outside the safe confines of the hive, and sets about to find a tree branch or a fence post to cluster and settle upon.  From this vantage the workers will scout out viable locations for a new home.  What happens next is instructive to our human family, for if we are to continue to exist (and dare I say thrive) on this planet,  must find ways of living together that are based on real needs, democratic processes free of lies, with an openness to the magic of possibility.

The bees employ primarily one ancient tool to meet their ends: Inspiration.  One by one the scout bees leave the warmth and relative safety of the cluster to search nearby tree cavities, chimney flues or house walls (to name a few) and return to the cluster to report, in the form of a dance, their findings.  It is the inspiration of the dance that leads the other sisters to examine a particular location.  There is an ebb and flow in the excitement over a particular site selection. Several ‘options’ will be offered at once, and many different dances danced. Eventually, the less desirable choices stop being danced, and the group reaches a consensus over a particular site.  Once a significant number of bees is dancing the same dance, they take flight once more, and take up residence in their perfect new home.

I could see this process, much like the way of the bees’, begin to take shape and was duly inspired by architect Charles Durret’s introductory presentation last weekend to the Oakleigh Meadow CoHousing group, which is seeking to build a housing development on the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon.  He described a process by which a self-selecting group of people come together to build a housing development that suits their needs for community and community dinners, privacy, green living, child rearing, aging, all on a beautiful riverside setting.  The group decides everything: Square footage, affordability, setting, distance between buildings, access, etc..  Each member becomes an investor and builder.  Chuck and his wife Katie McCamant have facilitated fifty such developments in the U.S..  “I’m amazed at how quickly decisions are made.  One person has a good idea, another person a better one.  Eventually the group arrives at a third; an even better solution.” Chuck went on to describe how empowered CoHousing groups become, literally bastions of change in their surrounding communities as a direct result of their decision-making capacities.

At the center of this human swarm is not a queen, but a couple- Joan Connolly and David Adee and their daughter Corinna, long-time residents of the River Road neighborhood who purchased the rare riverfront property two years ago, seeing it as an opportunity to make a community space.  “Buying this property was in itself a community experience.  My sister in Hilo, Hawaii and my mom were a big part of making this happen” said David, a local music teacher.  Joan, a longtime landscape designer and contractor in the Eugene area, was a key player in the design and implementation of nearby Razor Park, a native Oak Savanna planting and dog park a little ways up the river. Both Joan and David feel there is an element of fate in the selection of this property, having been both keepers of community and the river along with their neighbors on River Road, and feel they have been holding the land in wait for the opportunities CoHousing affords.

Following the architect’s introductory presentation on Saturday, was a site walk with all interested parties Sunday morning.  Thirty-plus people arrived from all corners of the riverside meadow at the early hour of eight am, to sip coffee and enjoy bagels as Chuck pointed out landscape features and answered questions from the group. A sign-up sheet for the next phase of the project, the ‘Getting it Built’ workshop slated for Dec. 3rd and 4th, by the end of the day had 17 names.  The group’s ultimate goal is 30, and is still welcoming participants.  The workshop centers on affordability, development and build-out costs.

An inspired buzz was generated from the weekend which lingered, along with the group, until mid-day.  One woman excitedly said, “You know, I like what Chuck said about how we are in denial about aging.  I live alone, my house is paid for…but still- there’s something missing.  I like how he describes the group-decision-making process, and I would really like to live closer to people.”  Another piped up, “Its interesting how he describes modern development as looking backwards, to maximizing square footage and having a car be the forefront of the house as a garage, instead of looking forward to the future of more efficient houses and fewer cars.”  A man I talked to wasn’t convinced yet.  “I just bought my house, and put a bunch of money into it.  I’m not sure how I could do this.” Interestingly though, he was there to see what was going on.  Something about it drew him there to the southern end of the meadow, I could see the sparkle in his eyes.

CoHousing is magic; inspirational. Based on real needs and invitational. Democratic and relational. In short, CoHousing is for the bees. Blessings on the Oakleigh Meadow CoHousing group whoever you may bee; may you make the perfect home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanishing of the Bees/ Molly Bee Good Project

Two Honeybee, Health and Healing Events in Hood River

Molly in Tucson

Molly in Tucson

Vanishing of the Bees Documentary Screening and the Molly Bee Good Project

Interested in Honeybees, Health and Healing?

Join us for two nights of bee health and your health at the Columbia Gorge Acupuncture Clinic in Hood River, May 21st and 24th!

Vanishing of the Bees Documentary Sat. May 21st, 7pm

The honeybees are in danger; they are literally disappearing from their hives.  This phenomena is called colony collapse disorder (CCD) and has struck commercial beekeepers, who pollinate 1/3 of our food crops.  Follow Dave Mendez and Dave Hackenburg, two commercial beekeepers devastated by CCD who travel across the country and Europe to discover why.  This film is both heart-rending and heart warming and will strike a cord with young and old.  vanishingbees.com

The Molly Bee Good Project  Tues. May 24th, 7pm

Motorcycle Molly Romero of the ‘Molly Bee Good Project’  mollybeegood.blogspot.com rolls into town on the last stop of her western states tour to give a presentation on the honeybees’ contribution to human health.  She’ll talk about the health benefits of venom, wax, honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly.  If you’re an experienced beekeeper or don’t know anything about bees at all, this program is for you!  Molly is sponsored by the American Apitherapy Society, of which she is a board member. apitherapy.org

Vanishing of the Bees Documentary Screening Sat. May 21st, 7 pm

Molly Bee Good Presentation, Tues. May 24th, 7pm

Where: Columbia Gorge Acupuncture Clinic
208 4th St Hood River
Next to the British Pub

Suggested Donation: $6-10

Sponsored by Columbia Gorge Acupuncture Clinic and Melissabees

Gorgeacupuncture.com
Melisssabees.com

We Need Bees- White Salmon, WA Library- April 1st

Photo by Joy Markgraf

On the evening of April 1, beginning at 6:30 pm, at the White Salmon library, a variety of speakers will give 20-minute presentations about Honey bees and other native pollinators.It will begin with an introductory slide show given by Melissa Elliott of Melissa Bees, landscape designer, contractor and beekeeper.

Topics covered will be the ‘Importance of Pollinators’ by Todd Murray entomologist from WSU Extension, Skamania County WA; ‘Honey bees and Mason Bees’ by John Kraus, Underwood WA commercial beekeeper managing 700 colonies; and Jeanette Burkhardt, a local gardener and beekeeping enthusiast, who will share her experiences about ‘Plants For Pollinators’. Joy Markgraf, Husum,WA will give a demonstration on making grass skeps.

Skeps are domed, coiled baskets that were used to house bees as early as the 16th century up until World War II when they were abandoned in favor of woodenware. A selection of Joy’s artistic and functional beehives will be on display at the library during the month of April.

Photo by Joy Markgraf

The library will have on hand a selection of books on honeybees and native pollinators to satisfy your interest on the subject, the Xerces Society of Portland, OR will provide handouts about attracting native pollinators and a list of plants that are beneficial to them; Ruhl Bee Supply is providing sample Mason bee houses and copies of their catalog. For those interested in starting a local beekeeping club Martha Kraus will gather names and information to get this project underway. David Ryan will inform people about the Master Gardener Program and have sign-up forms available.

 

 

 

Photo by Joy Markgraf