Aby and I started Bee School this week in Salem. We were invited by our friends from Trinity Ridge Farm and as we love any excuse to hang out with them we thought “what the heck, lets drive to Salem!” Bee School is fantastic. When I told my friend April about the class she said "What, you couldn't get into an A school?" So, of course, that's all I can think about when we are there. We weren’t sure what to expect but the room was packed with people excited to get into bee keeping. We have gone over the history of beekeeping, safety and equipment so far. I feel far more confident now about my ability to assemble the two hives we got from Rhul Bee Supply (that are in a million pieces on the living room floor). Knowing what the components are and what their function is really helps when assembling hives. Outside of the practical aspects of the class it was wonderful to see so many people interested in saving the bees. I think it says something really great about our community that people are flocking to these classes to get educated. I think we all know that Portland is fantastic but it’s awesome to see that people and walking the walk and not simply just talking about it. Totally worth the drive to Salem. Starting to get truly excited about the bees!
Jen Henry is a Permaculture Designer, horticulturist and visual artist. As well as a massage therapist, herbalist, painter, chef, glass blower, writer and market gardener. She is grateful that her English Degree has finally come in useful for something.