The Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary

A while ago I signed up for Streetbank, one of the websites designed to support neighborhood sharing, and offered to loan out my favorite relatively unusual (and relatively safe) power tool - a Bosch multitool with a thin vibrating horizontal sawtoothed cutter that's amazingly handy for sawing things in corners and right next to the floor that would be an incredible pain otherwise. Months have gone by without a word from Streetbank, but yesterday somebody finally borrowed something else from me to work on building a beehive... And thus I learned about -

The Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary - a local non-profit corporation "dedicated to providing a pesticide-free urban setting for native bees, and honey bees alike." They recently got a grant from the Community Sustaining Fund to provide some hand built top bar bee hives for new backyard beekeepers in town. (Top bar hives are supposed to be more natural homes for bees - they build their own combs in them, you disturb the bees less when you're working in a hive like these, and they're simpler to build too.) They also do educational workshops, and they're interested in collecting swarms to inhabitat their new hives. So if you look in your yard sometime and there's a buzzing mass of bees out there, or if you've been thinking you'd like to start beekeeping in Olympia, there's a local resource for you...