Bee & Bloom was founded by three bee-loving friends (an entomologist, beekeeper and pollination ecologist) in 2017. We are educators and pollinator advocates in Portland, OR, working to empower our community to live harmoniously with the environment and all of the pollinating critters within it! We promote sustainable, bee-centric beekeeping and native bee conservation through hands-on workshops and ecotourism experiences at our pollinator sanctuary on Sauvie Island.
Modern beekeepers are facing a wide range of challenges, and because of this, nearly eighty percent of new beekeepers call it quits before their third year. Becoming a successful beekeeper requires a serious commitment to learning the craft, but the large amount of conflicting information available makes that a difficult task. We strive to blend the latest scientific research with an experienced hand to help urban beekeepers (and their bees) succeed.
It’s not just the honey bees that are in trouble, though! We are passionate about introducing folks to the other ~4,400 native bee species in North America, and spreading the word about what can be done to help them, as well.
The Bee & Bloom pollinator sanctuary at Willow Bar Farm is located on Sauvie Island (one of the largest river islands in the world!), which is nestled in the middle of a 12,000-acre wildlife refuge. With picturesque wild lands on one side and the Columbia River on the other, we can't imagine a more beautiful place to teach folks about bees!
Bee season is right around the corner!
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