Tour de Hives 2012 in Portland

Not so much chickens? How about bees? Lots of people in Portland are doing the apiary thing and you can take a free, self-guided tour Aug. 18 organized by the Zenger Bee Group. This is a fundraiser for Zenger Farm, an urban farm set back from Foster Road in Portland, which manages bucolic-ness despite the heavy traffic zooming by. Zenger has vegetables, chickens, a tire swing and wetland. Bees too. My seven-year-old had farm camp there in June, where she learned how to plant and weed with the best of them.

Anyway, local backyard beekeepers are inviting the public to learn about different beekeeping styles and stewarding honeybees. The self-guided apiary tour is from 1-4 p.m. and there’s a gathering afterward at Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Buy tickets here.

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