The primary mission of Bridgetown Bees is to breed and raise queen bees that are suitable for the climates of Portland and other cities of the Pacific Northwest.
Bridgetown Bees was founded in 2013 by Glen Andresen and Tim Wessels, two enthusiastic beekeepers who live—and keep honey bees—in Northeast Portland.
Our primary breeding consideration is making sure our bees can survive our winters without any treatment. To that end, our starting point is to use eggs from colonies of honey bees that have successfully overwintered in the city of Portland and have never been treated for mites, other pests, or diseases. Once over-wintering characteristics have been established, other factors, including honey production, gentleness, and low-swarming tendencies, will also be a part of the breeding program.