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Bike-a-Bee Beekeeper Expands Urban Farming Project

Jana Kinsman transports her beekeeping equipment on Bullitt cargo bikes. Photo by Jana Kinsman.

Chicago beekeeper wants to provide the community with a visual example of bees, because so many people grow up being afraid of them.

By Janet Rausa Fuller
April 25, 2013


Last year was rough for Jana Kinsman’s bees.

Kinsman, 27, set up 10 beehives in community gardens and other spaces across the city last summer, the first step in her fledgling urban farming project dubbed Bike a Bee.

She traveled to the hives by bicycle. Residents welcomed their new neighbors.

That was the easy part.

The drought messed with the bees to the point where there was no honey to harvest and, by winter’s end, no bees to speak of in seven of the 10 hives.

Undeterred, Kinsman replaced the hives and has begun putting in more at six new locations.

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