Orchard Mason Bees back late January to mid March 2014!
Bee Thinking, makes excellent Top Bar and Warre Hives they've designed and crafted from Western Red Cedar from the Pacific Northwest. They have a bee-utiful bee keeping
supply shop in Portland at 1551 SE Poplar Ave. (near 18th and Hawthorne). You can also order online whether you're local or anywhere in the world for pick-up or to have shipped to you. Excellent workshops, plus neat bee gifts, beeswax, books, items for Langstroths to have a super like a Top Bar... a very cool place.
We love Native Bees, Honey Bees and all the other pollinating insects, wooo hooo!!!
Two great books by the Xerces Society,
Attracting Native Pollinators & Pollinator Conservation
Handbook (and soooo many great resources for gardeners and farmers on
their website). Plus Honey Bee books and Sherian Wright's Mason Bee
Book with lots of great photos. More in the Bees Section, soon. And Ruhl Bee Supply is great for many bee-keeping supplies, too.
also carry Phacelia, aka Bee's Friend or Bee's Bread (purple flower above on right, below is crimson clover as cover crop) in packet sizes,
all the way up to 40lb bags and a wide variety of organic flower seeds,
insectary blends and cover crop seeds, along with herbs and flowering perennials, including natives that are awesome for all sorts of bees
and beneficial insects.