Willow Bar farm
Since its inception in 2015, Willow Bar Farm has grown at a steady pace allowing farmers to lease and cultivate their land. Current partner, Bee and Bloom is working to educate beekeepers and anyone who wants to learn more about pollinators. They also keep bee’s of their own and sell their honey. Fox and Bear is another partner who currently produces all of the vegetables on the property. Together they are working to create an area where pollinators and thrive.
Honey, kale, radishes, eggplant, melons, tomatoes, peppers, and several other vegetable varieties.
Sauvie Island, Oregon
WHAT ARE THEY DOING FOR BEES?
Bee and Bloom is an educational group which specializes in promoting native bee conservation, sustainability, and better beekeeping practices. At the farm, they provide classes to those who wish to learn about honey bees and other native pollinators. Other work they do to at the farm includes planting a wide variety of flowers around the property as well as habitat restoration. Bee and Bloom produces honey and beeswax products.
Willow Bar Farm does not use any insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Instead they cover the beds prone infestation, and they allow habitat for predatory biocontrol agents. By doing this, they help reduce one of the many stressors native bees endure. Other practices to benefit pollinators include, no till farming, a permanent solitary bee nesting domicile for mason and leaf cutter bees, and ample forage across the farm.
meet the farmers
Emily, Emma, and Rebekah founded Bee and Bloom in 2017. Each came from their own unique background. Having studied animal sciences and entomology at UC Davis, Emily has a diverse science background. Here she worked in the Systematics and Taxonomy department at the Bodart Insect Museum. She has been working with bee collection for a while.
When it comes to bee’s Emma took the road less traveled. Originally a musician by training, she became interested in honeybees while living in Oklahoma where she started as a beekeeper. Upon moving to Portland she began working as a manager of an apiary at a local bee company. Today she is now working as a beekeeper for Bee and Bloom.
Rebekah attended the University of Arizona where she studied ecology and evolutionary biology. Shortly after graduating, she began work as a research assistant at the bumble bee pollination lab. Upon moving to Oregon, she ran the education department at a Portland based bee company. Today she works for bee and bloom as an educator and beekeeper.