You're invited on over to our farm for the Bee Meetup on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Hope you can make it. Friends are welcome. $3 each and there will be something nifty for an attendance prize. I'm thinking on this first meetup that we may watch one of the very interesting bee videos I have and I've got PLENTY of bee books on hand. More to come at other Meetups!
Here's how to get to the farm. It's about 35 minutes from PDX.
* FROM PORTLAND via I-5 4.1 miles north of the bridge, take Exit 4 -- 78th St. Turn Right At about 2 miles you'll bear left and follow the sign toward 205. You are now on Padden Parkway. The next light is Andreson. Just past that light is the entrance to 205. Stay on this road for 10 miles.
========================== * FROM PORTLAND via 205 Take 205 across the bridge. Take exit 32 Padden Parkway Eastbound. and go RIGHT at the end of the ramp. Stay on Padden Parkway for 10 miles ==========================
Both of the above directions get you to the same place.
You'll go through two stop signs. The second stop sign is at the center of the little town of Hockinson. Go through that stop sign and keep going straight.
The road has been straight as an arrow since that last stop sign. When the arterial goes to the left and you see a big yellow arrow pointing left, you turn RIGHT onto RISTO RD.
Go 3.2 miles to 242nd Ave. (the old Venersborg Store is there). Turn RIGHT onto 242nd.
Go up 2/10 mile to the top of the hill. There's only one turnoff (204th) and you go past it. We're the first house on the LEFT after 204th St.
Our home is white with green trim and a big barn at the bottom of the driveway. Park along our side of the road. Our neighbors aren't keen on people parking on their grass so please don't do that. Plenty of room on our side along the grass strip and also you can pull in front of the barn to park.
Here's the other thing -- please don't come up the driveway. It's easy to get up but we often don't have enough room to turn around easily and we've lost a few folks off the edge when they tried to back down. Looks simple till we have to call the tow truck to get someone out which we've had to do a few times now. So, best for all if you park along the road or in front of the barn. There, now that I said all that, we ARE looking forward to seeing you.
Our bee group meets regularly to talk about different ways to help bees thrive. We started the group because it was difficult to find out how to -->respectfully<-- raise bees without chemicals or treatments. I'm most interested in helping people learn to be good bee stewards whether they have backyard hives or just enjoy and appreciate the busy little pollinators. Our beekeeping involves asking ourselves regularly, "What do bees like?" With this in mind, we can make the best choices for our bees, and for our own unique style of beekeeping.
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