Swarm educates about the importance of bees, and actions we can all take to help protect our pollinators. Together, we can create more pollinator habitat + urban bee sanctuaries.
Below are links to some educational resources, and please join the hive mind on Facebook: http://swarmportland.org/pages/education-resources.
Swarm's advocacy work focuses on city, state, and federal legislation that helps bees and reduces use of harmful pesticides and unsustainable practices. Our very first activity was a Bee Die In to raise awareness of the dangers of GMO neonic coated seeds.
Swarm also works to create more backyard bee habitat, which we do through partnerships and installations of our hexagon garden Bee Beds. These raised beds are hand-crafted raised cedar that nurture pollinator-friendly plants.
Proceeds from sales of honey and other items support our education and habitat work.
CROPS BEES POLLINATE
If you like these foods, you can thank a bee:
Report a Bee Die Off
Here is information about what to do if you ever see a bee die off. Please be sure to collect about 3 cups of bees to use as the sample for lab work.
We've collected some interesting facts and background on bees:
Bees and Honey are Key to Plant and Human Development
The NPR show Splendid Table has a fascinating interview with author Thor Hanson about the importance of bees and honey – to not only our food supply, but their greater connection to the evolution of both plants and humans.
Bees Find Better Habitat in Urban Jungle than Farm Country
Intimate Portraits of Bees
Portland Bans Neonic Pesticide
You Have a Hive Mind - What we can learn from bees
Pollinator Congressional Taskforce Report on Pollinator Health
List of Crops Bees Pollinate
You're Worrying About the Wrong Bees
Protecting Bees & Pollinators From Pesticides