October 6th Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205,
11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie WA
The OTHER Beneficial Insects
with Glen Andresen, Gardening Educator
We always hear about the charismatic beneficial insects such as ladybugs and honey bees. But what about the hundreds of thousands of OTHER insects, some of which also are beneficial to gardeners? Join Glen Andresen for this a light-hearted look at neglected insects he considers beneficial. His selections might surprise you!
Since 1994, Glen Andresen has been Metro’s lead natural gardening educator. The program offers presentations and information on how to have healthy yards and gardens without using pesticides. Glen has been a Master Gardener since 1991. His home garden includes about 40 fruit trees; a row each of raspberries, Marionberries and strawberries; plus blueberries, grapes, 15 raised vegetable beds, and honey bee colonies—all on a city lot that measures just 60 feet x 100 feet…and that lot also includes his house and garage!
Glen is an avid beekeeper who keeps approximately 80 colonies of bees. This year his city bees produced about 3,000 pounds of honey. He teaches backyard organic beekeeping classes through Portland Community College, Garden Fever nursery in Northeast Portland, and others.
In 2013, Glen co-founded Bridgetown Bees, a project whose goal is to selectively breed and raise honey bee queens in the city of Portland that can survive our winters without needing treatment.
He also is the host of the long-running hour-long edible gardening show, "The Dirt Bag," heard the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. on community radio station KBOO, at 90.7 FM in Portland.
Glen has degrees in economics and music but still would rather play in the dirt.