Thank you again for joining our Beekeeping Adventure - we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you’re interested in getting involved with pollinator conservation, you’ll find all the tools you need on this page. We’ve provided links to the experience presentation, the plant guides from the Xerces’ Society, and some our favorite resources for further research.
The varietal honey we sampled during the experience came from Old Blue Raw Honey in Philomath, OR. They are fantastic beekeepers and honey producers, and their honey is available for purchase online! We also sampled a barrel-aged honey from The Barreled Bee - they’ve got some amazing honey on offer, as well.
If you’d like to stay connected and up-to-date with what we’re doing, you can sign-up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on Instagram and Facebook. You can also check out our Etsy store - proceeds go toward developing the bee sanctuary at Willow Bar Farm. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We’re always happy to help!
Bekah, Emma & Emily
As you learned during the experience, many of our bees and pollinators are struggling for survival, but the good news is that there is so much we can do to help! The P’s for Pollinators make it easy:
Ornamentals are beautiful, but don’t produce much nectar or pollen. Native, flowering plants provide the most forage for honey and native bees alike. Stagger blooming times so there are flowers during spring, summer, and fall to ensure there is food for bees with different active periods.
Pitch pesticides out
Pesticides don’t discriminate, killing bees alongside pests. Systemics, like “neonics”, are particularly harmful. Ask garden store employees which plants and seeds have been treated before purchasing.
Provide bee habitats
Most bees are solitary, gentle, and low-maintenance. Provide nesting-sites for ground-nesting bees by leaving low-traffic areas of bare ground with ample sunlight, drainage, and loose soil. Support tunnel-nesting bees by hanging “bee houses”. There are numerous commercial options available, but they are easy to DIY!
Teach others about wild bees and how they, too, can support pollinators for a “fruit-full” future.