A coalition of church groups, including Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, is working to help the beleaguered honeybee. The faith organizations have created a pilot program to help pollinators. Many church groups place a high spiritual value on stewardship of creation and note that the demise of nature's chief pollinator imperils the ecosystem.

Other groups involved include the Faith Task Force of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, The Tributary Fund and Pollinator Partnership.

With the Portland metro area serving as a national model site, 13 faith organizations are adding or expanding pollinator habitat on their property this spring. Web trainings on pollinators and creating garden habitat were provided this spring, as well as small seed grants to encourage their efforts.  Projects range from adding bee boxes to creating new habitat with native plants.

To launch the program, the Portland Metro Interfaith Garden Celebration will take place 4 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Muslim Community Center’s Seeds of Understanding Garden in Northeast Portland.    

Participating are Ascension Parish, Holy Redeemer School, St. Charles Borromeo Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.