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Sandy wipes out biggest beekeeping operation in New York City

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Photo by Brooklyn Grange.

Twenty-five hives each containing around 40,000 bees were torn apart Monday night.

By Susie Cagle
Grist
Oct 30, 2012

Excerpt:

Casualties of Hurricane Sandy included 1 million unfortunate bees at the Brooklyn Grange’s Navy Yard urban farming project. Twenty-five hives each containing around 40,000 bees were torn apart Monday night.

“All our hives that were out on the pier were destroyed,” said Chase Emmons, a managing partner and the chief beekeeper at Brooklyn Grange.

An additional 10 hives located on Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm survived — but the loss is catastrophic for the city’s largest apiary. Emmons knew before the storm that the hives were at risk.

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October 31, 2012   2 Comments

Large urban farm planned for Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore

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Location of proposed farms.

Turning 75 vacant lots into a large urban farm

By Luke Broadwater
The Baltimore Sun
October 24, 2012

Baltimore’s spending panel on Wednesday approved a deal to turn 75 vacant lots in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood into a large urban farm.

In a five-year deal, the Board of Estimates approved a $100 yearly lease to a partnership of two organizations — Strength to Love II and Big City Farms — for use of 75 properties in the 1800 blocks of Lorman and Kavanaugh streets for a 1.5-acre farm.

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October 31, 2012   Comments Off on Large urban farm planned for Sandtown-Winchester, Baltimore