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‘The Ranch At Dogtown’ in West Oakland

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Known more for freeways than flowers, West Oakland’s urban environment can be a safer place for bees than agricultural areas, where crops are often sprayed with neonicotinoids.

by Cirrus Wood
Nov 20, 2017


“We have a microclimate here that’s just really good for bees,” said Porter, owner of the Ranch at Dogtown, a 1.5-acre parcel she’s transformed into an urban farm.

“We call it the ranch because we have a big garden and chickens,” she said, along with fifty to sixty thousand honeybees.

At Porter’s ranch, where she’s managed as many as seven hives at once, large scale pesticide application is not a problem.

The bees feed locally on lavender, rosemary and a long list of other nectar-bearing plants, but Porter said they also fly as far as two miles in search of food, which means they could be foraging as far as away as Lake Merritt. “There’s a huge amount of plant types that will support bees,” she said.

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