Terry Oxford is an urban rooftop beekeeper in downtown San Francisco, California. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Terry is a long time activist and environmentalist. Terry's focus is natural, sustainable beekeeping and her goal is strong and healthy bees that require little human intervention and no chemical interference. Her desire is to expose the use of, and assist in banning systemic poisons (neonicotinoids, fungicides and herbicides.) in ornamental trees and plants at nurseries.
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2019-Planning Committee EcoFarm Conference, Asilomar, California. EcoFarm, the oldest organic farming conference in the world annually hosts four days of keynote speakers, farm tours, educational sessions, films and workshops and this year celebrates its 40th year. Terry Oxford is honored to assist the amazing committee keeping an eye toward all pollinators (not just honeybees) with a strong activism bent against the abuses of the chemical industry in our farming infrastructure.
2019-Founding Member Slow Bees Community, Slow Food International. Slow Bees, the newest community under the umbrella of Slow Food International commits to planting seasonal, local and organic food for ALL pollinators in every region of the world. Terry Oxford has taken responsibility for the city of San Francisco to create an oasis of chemical-poison-free trees in the city. Native pollinators, beneficial insects and birds require poison-free flowers to survive. At this moment, more than 75% of ornamental flowering trees raised in wholesale nurseries in California are pre-treated with the systemic agrochemicals that are being banned in Europe. San Francisco is currently planting 55,000 of these tree saplings. The powerful voices of the chemical industry are unchecked in California and the results show. San Francisco’s biodiversity will be eliminated once these trees begin to bloom in the next year or so. Terry commits to educating people of this fact and to create a new model of tree farming that is organic and biodynamic thus eliminating the need for any systemic poisons.
2008-Present: Natural Management Beekeeper and Advocate for ALL Pollinators and Birds, San Francisco - Foot Soldier against the pesticide infrastructure, Big Agribusiness and the commercial beekeeping that supports monoculture. Terry is a beeswax artist and poet, a five-time presenter at the California Academy of Science, activist, educator and speaker. Her urban San Francisco rooftop honey is a three time Good Foods Award winner (2016) and (2018). See Press and Public Speaking Pages for details, articles and blogs about UrbanBeeSF. And please buy and support organic systemic-free plants and trees only! The power of your spending habits is immense.
2000-2003: Save Ahmanson Ranch, Los Angeles - Activist - Victory! 3000 pristine woodland acres saved forever at edge of Los Angeles donated for conservancy and green space. Developers had planned several hotels, golf courses and hundreds of Mansions which would have decimated all wildlife, headwaters and any green space.
1992: Speaker and Activist for the Tobacco Ban in Restaurants and Bars - Speaker at Los Angeles City Council against the Tobacco Industry ~ Victory! First ever cigarette ban in restaurants passed in 1992. Worldwide domino effect. (Minutes after the ban passed, Marvin Braude, author of the legislation, put his arm around me and said my testimony swung the swing vote! I'm proud of that.)
1980's: Tree People, Los Angeles - Admin/Tree Hugger/Activist. At TreePeople, I learned about the delicate interconnection of trees flowers with birds and bees.