What We Do
We are beekeepers, educators, and native pollinator advocates in Portland, OR, working to empower our community to live harmoniously with our environment (and all the pollinating critters within it). Taking a holistic approach to improving pollinator health, we promote sustainable, bee-centric beekeeping and native bee awareness.
Bee & Bloom is comprised of two educational apiaries - in Oak Grove and Sauvie Island - and an online resource that covers the many facets of working with bees. We hold classes and hands-on workshops on all bee-related topics, and offer management and consultation services to beekeepers throughout Portland.
Why We Do It
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 educational apiary 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!