September, 2016 - 1859 Magazine - Cover Story: Pollinator Plight

Redefining sustainability amidst a disappearing West

written by Tricia Louvar photos by Eugene Pavlov

“I wouldn’t stand there,” said Matt Morris, apiarist, bee educator and co-owner of Mickelberry Gardens. “The bees will get stuck in your hair. Always stand to the side of a thriving hive.”

Point taken. I quickly switched positions, since I hadn’t yet put on a borrowed bee suit and helmet with veil. “Thriving” is euphemistic for 50,000 bees inside the industry standard Langstroth beehive. The bee activity on the outside looked like an aerial view of Iowa Hawkeye fans at a stadium’s exit.

Morris, 37, tended to three of the five beehives along a hedgerow in Troutdale. He wore a T-shirt that read Honey Lover. He, along with this wife, Madelyn, started Mickelberry Gardens, which manufactures local honey herbal remedies in a 2,500-square-foot former grocery space near a busy intersection in Gresham.

Morris waved a smoker around the beehive to disorient the bees before lifting the lid. “I think many of us come together knowing the honey bees are in trouble,” he said. “We want to be proactive and help. We want to be self-sustaining.”

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June 2016 - Country Gardens Magazine - Trading Post

June 2016 - The Sound Outlook for Marlene's Market and Deli - article written by Madelyn

Summer 2014 - Cordella Magazine - Issue One - Mickelberry Gardens


Madelyn Morris is an herbalist and gardener. In 2011 she started an herbal honey company with her husband, who raises honeybees. Based in Portland, Oregon, they have built their business around local bee products and folk medicine-based herbal remedies.  

Madelyn has developed their product line of honey tonics, salves, balms, and soaps, and attends to the myriad details of running a small business.  

In the four years since they started with a single farmers market booth, they have grown to having five employees and customers all over Oregon and Washington.

Madelyn is thirty years old and has lived in Portland, Oregon for most of her life.

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Fall 2013 - Oregonian - Advertisement for New Seasons Market