Two towns in our valley, Talent and Ashland, have recently become Bee Cities, which means that they have officially recognized the importance of pollinators like bees and butterflies, passing legislation to encourage the planting of pollinator habitat and discourage the use of dangerous pesticides. My good friend Dolly, a beekeeper in Talent, first told me about Bee Cities last year, shortly after Talent became the second city in North America to become a Bee City. Ashland has now gotten on board with this as well, thanks to the active efforts of groups like the Pollinator Project of the Rogue Valley.
The Pollinator Project recently organized a small group of people to attend a city hall meeting and thank the council for doing their part to protect the bees and butterflies. We were invited to attend, and my girls were thrilled about getting to wear bee and butterfly costumes to this event. We don't live in Ashland, but we feel like it's our home base, as far as community goes, and we do our best to support groups like the Pollinator Project, with whom we also marched in the Fourth of July parade. The only way to arrive at a far off destination (like a peaceful, more healthy and abundant world) is by taking one small step at a time!