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Urban beekeeping has found an unlikely new frontier: airports.

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Beekeepers Bob Redmond, John Woodworth and David Feinberg examine a hive at the Sea-Tac Airport in Washington. Credit: Courtesy of Rod Hatfield.

A new home for honeybees, just off the tarmac

Producer Charles Bergquist
Writer Jared Goyette
Science Friday
March 08, 2015

Excerpt:

The practice of maintaining beehives on airport property began in Germany a decade and a half ago and has spread, reaching Chicago, St. Louis and Seattle in the United States.

The hives are typically kept in the buffer zone on the outskirts of the airport. The bees give airports a PR friendly way to show off their green bona fides and find a use for land that legally can’t be developed. It’s also good for honeybees, whose population has been put under stress by “Colony Collapse Disorder.” While the number of bee colonies that died last winter was lower than in previous years, the rate — 23.2 percent — was still higher than what beekeepers believe to be sustainable, according to a report from the US Department of Agriculture.

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An Experiment in Sustainable Urban Community Takes Root in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Jesse Blom created the aquaponics system in Heart Haus basement. Photo S Bence.

Heart Haus is meant to demonstrate sustainable living. Vegetable beds occupy most of its front and backyards.

By Susan Bence
Milwaukee Public Radio
March 6, 2015

Except:

“This small aquaponics system uses a 20-gallon aquarium tank. We’ve got three goldfish in there. And we have a little plastic box that sits above the tank and the water is pumped to the plastic box where the plants are living. This was the first thing I put in here at the Heart Haus last spring when we started the whole process, because it’s a way to engage people,” Blom says.

He created a many times larger fish and plant system in the basement stocked with tilapia, and next summer will start teaching workshops to train others to set up their own.

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