Sunday February 28th, 1pm - 4pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood
Pollinators serve an important role in our local food web. More specifically, we need them in order for our fruit trees to produce bountiful fruit sets! In this hands-on workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of bee-keeping, learn about the life of bees, how to construct mason bee habitats, and which plants are favorable for attracting pollinators. For the hands-on portion of this workshop, we'll be cleaning mason bee cocoons and assembling mason bee habitats that will be installed at our 2016 Community Orchard sites. Additionally, every participant will get to take home cocoons, paper tubes for starter bee homes, and pollinator friendly flower seeds.
About the instructors:
Jen Davis lives in Portland with her two kids and husband. She is an artist, writer, filmmaker and urban farmer. She grows 16 kinds of fruit, and nearly one half of her family's vegetable supply. She also keeps ducks, and has raised Mason bees for ten years. She teaches Mason bee workshops from home and at schools throughout the region.
Madelyn Morris is a Portland-based educator and co-owns Mickelberry Gardens, LLC with her husband. The start-up company is developing a product line based on locally harvested herbs, raw honey, beeswax, and other hive products from the couple's steadily growing honeybee apiary in southeast Portland - where humane, ethical, and organic beekeeping methods are always utilized. Madelyn is happy to share her enthusiasm for honeybees and other pollinating insects, and promotes deepening our relationship with these fascinating and helpful creatures. www.mickelberrygardens.com
The location address and other details will be provided after you register.