Feb11_2017Conf_WebBanner_1-12_600pxWHAT: Protecting Pollinators: Benefits for Ecosystems & Food Security in Oregon. This forum combines science and policy for protecting pollinators to ensure their survival – and ours. (See the Speaker’s Spolight below)
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 9 am – 4 pm.
WHERE: OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd in Central Point, OR
97502 (google maps)

MORE information:
OSU: 541-776-7371 or Beyond Toxics office: 541-465-8860

Speaker’s Spotlight

Keynote Speaker Aimee Code is the Pesticide Program Director at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She has more than seventeen years of experience working to protect people and the environment from pesticides. During her career she has helped protect low-income families from exposure to pesticides. She was integral in efforts to reduce pesticide contamination in salmon-supporting waters. Her knowledge of toxicology coupled with her understanding of native bees allowed her to help activists around the country to pass pollinator protection policies. Aimee received her Masters of Science in Environmental Health with a minor in Toxicology from Oregon State University.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Kegley is Principal Scientist and Founder of the Pesticide Research Institute (PRI), an environmental consulting firm focusing on development of tools for governments, researchers, beekeepers, gardeners, farmers, and consumers to better understand the relative risks of different pesticides and provide information resources for pest management. Susan is also a beekeeper and farmer, and is now working with her husband to establish an 11-acre organic farm in Santa Rosa called Bees N Blooms, where they plan to grow lavender and other flowers for the cut flower market, propagate pollinator-friendly trees, and keep 8-10 colonies of Russian bees.

Kelsey Kopec works on protecting our imperiled pollinators from threats like industrial agriculture and pesticides. She has designed several pollinator gardens here in Oregon and spends most spring and summer days photographing our native bees.

Dr. Jack Williams is the Chief Scientist for Trout Unlimited, where he works on conserving coldwater fishes and their habitats. Jack has worked for the Endangered Species Program of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and as BLM’s National Fisheries Program Manager, and Forest Supervisor of the Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest. His education includes degrees from Arizona State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. He loves to hike with his family and energetic springer spaniels. Jack lives in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley.

Dr. Steven Petrovic is a professor of analytical chemistry at Southern Oregon University (SOU). He has taught analytical chemistry, general chemistry and wine chemistry at SOU since 1999. His research interests focus on the pedagogy of analytical chemistry and its application to projects and issues of local interest.

Rick has a BA in Biology from Pomona College and a MS from UC Davis in Plant Protection and Pest Management. He began working at SOREC in 1987 and has led the entomology program since 1994. His current and recent research on arthropod pests includes: evaluating new management techniques, emphasizing selective or non-disruptive tactics which are compatible with natural biological control agents; development of economic injury levels along with appropriate monitoring and sampling methods; and investigating the population dynamics of new and emerging pests, including potential treehopper vectors of red blotch virus in vineyards and the brown marmorated stink bug.

Dr. Sharon Schmidt is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a beekeeper, a student of beekeeping and volunteers time as Executive Director of the Cascade Girl Organization which produces the Oregon Honey Festival. Cascade Girl Organization is dedicated the support of small size and backyard beekeeping operations and improves the awareness of landscape physiology by connecting people and bee culture through science. She is the author of “Bees and Cannabis” ( and will release a text on her experiences in Beekeeping in May, 2017. The Oregon Honey Festival will be held in Ashland on Saturday, August 19, 2017. For updates, see:

Speaker Schedule (PDF)


A Night of Bliss – A Community Benefit and Celebration

and the amazing employees of Coconut Bliss and the wonderful volunteers
and all the business sponsors and supporters…(see below)



100 mile Bakery
2 Towns Cider House
Agrarian Ales
Alpaca Spring Valley Farm
Another Look Inc.
Arriving By Bike
Batty Bats
Beer Stein
Belly Taqueria
Beloved LLC (Vote for Dancing)
Blue Cliff Zen Center
Blue Lotus Chai
Botanical Interests
Bright Creations
Cafe Mam
Cara Burns
Center for Appropriate Transportation
Clay Space
Coalesce Juicery
Community Yoga Project
Cooks, Pots and Tabletops
Creswell Bakery
Daily Hat
DD Smudge / Diana Haddy
Down to Earth
Eco Boutique
Emily Proudfoot
Eugene Magazine
Eugene Weekly
Evergreen Nutrition
Everyday People
Falling Sky
Float Om
Framin’ Artworks
Fridays at the Farm
Gary Becker
Glory Bee Foods
Good Clean Love
Green Bee Glass
Harlequin Beads
Hayhurst Farms
Heather Marie Michaud Art
High Caliper Growing
Holistic Holiday at Sea
Honey Dew Naturals
Honeystone Candles
Humm Kombucha
Illumination Wellness
Image King
InJoy Wellness
Inn At the 5th
Inner Traditions, Bear & Co.
Jem Nut Butters
Kemp Designs

Labrang Tea Traders
Laughing Planet
Laura Pickering
Love Yoga
Maker’s 7
Marguerite Bourgault
Maria’s Pearl Creations
McKenzie Mist
Meg Orion Health Coach
Melange- 5th St. Market
Mill Creek Wood Works
Mother Earth News
Mountain Rose Herbs
Mudra Yoga Eugene
Nectar Creek
New School
New Twist
Northern Sun Merchandising
Off the Waffle
Open Circle
Oregon Truffle Festival
Organically Grown Co
Paul Bourgault
Paul Bourgault
Peggy Rodreguez
Pepper Tree Aviary
Potter’s Corner
Ritta’s Burritos
Riverwood Trading Company
Science Factory
Shawn Kahl
Soap Alchemy
Springfield Creamery
Steel Knight Designs
Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Life
Tai Vautier
Take a Country Look
Tap & Growler
The Crystal Heart
The Healthy Pet
The Tasteful Olive
Three Kingdom Colors
Toby’s Family Foods
Townshend’s Brew Dr.
Trumbly Designs
Tunetti Natural
Turn Key Promotions
UO Bookstore
UO Museum of Natural History
Whirled Pies
White Crystal Services
Whole Foods Market
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Yarn Doodles



Thank you, kind friends and supporters, for your wonderful support!


We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all those who came to our 3rd Annual Bee Jazzy Celebration this year! Those who bought tickets; volunteers (including several wonderful women from LUSH in Portland); the many business sponsors and supporters (see list below); the enchanting and talented Halie Loren and the musicians from the Halie Loren Trio; and our hosts, Silvan Ridge Winery.

Thanks to our business sponsors
: Mountain Rose Herbs, Oregon’s Constant Gardener, Kim Kelly, the Oregon Insurance LadyPacific Cascade Federal Credit UnionFarmer’s Insurance, Glory Bee Foods, Neil Kelly and supportersPrecision Capital and Oregon Pacific Bank.


Thanks to Farmer’s Insurance for sponsoring the My Party Bus shuttle! Farmer’s Insurance Gets You There Safely!

Please support the businesses that support our work

Special thanks to Silvan Ridge Winery for hosting us for the third year in a row!



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