Swarm works in our local community of Portland, Oregon to help create more bee and pollinator habitat. In 2018, we donated our hex Pollinator Planters to a new community garden created by the nonprofit Growing Gardens. The garden is adjacent to a correctional facility that helps people transition from prison back into the community.
We're also working on creating a native pollinator refuge on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound.
In past years, we've installed our Pollinator Planters in to create habitat in diverse areas around town. Our work reached from east Portland's Lents Community Garden, south to the Milwaukie Winslow Food Forest, and northwest to Portland's Forest Park.
Swarm Portland also attended dozens of community events to educate the public about ways to help save our bees. Education activities included booths at neighborhood street fairs including St Johns, Kenton, Alberta and Fremont. We also attended garden shows and farmers markets.
Swarm regularly participates in educational workshops such as the Oregon Farm to School Garden Network's annual meeting.
Protecting pollinators is a growing concern for a variety of nonprofits and social enterprises in the Portland metro area. Swarm has participated in networking and planning meetings to help groups join forces – to activate the hive mind! More than 40 organizations attended pollinator advocate meetings sponsored by The Intertwine (above).
Our community involvement and educational outreach work continues into 2019. If you would like to contact us about a project idea, please email Susan firstname.lastname@example.org.