Backyard beekeeping is big in Portland, but it’s also increasing in popularity worldwide, bee educator Rebekah Golden says.
She teaches classes on how to be a backyard beekeeper at Bee Thinking, a locally owned beekeeping supply store and education center in Southeast Portland.
But she didn’t always like bees. Her entire life, Golden said, she was “quite fearful” of the little pollinators. She originally studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona with the intent of studying chimps in Africa.