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First-ever New York City Honey Week Sept 8-14


A Celebration Of The Busy Bees Who Pollinate The City That Never Sleeps

Honey-themed dinners featuring Chefs Angelo Romano & Katy Peetz as well as Max Sussman at The Cleveland

Honey tastings at Brooklyn Grange and Murray’s Cheese (with Marina Marchese)

A honey cooking class with Rebekah Peppler at Haven’s Kitchen

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August 24, 2014   No Comments

Canadian parliamentary budget officer wants to put bees on Parliament Hill

parlJean-Denis Fréchette is the quintessential mild-mannered bureaucrat.

Fréchette also has his eye on the parcel of land west of Centre Block that famously used to foster stray felines.

Nick Taylor-Vaisey
August 5, 2014


Still, those hardy bees are hours away from Fréchette’s long-time residence in the nation’s capital, a distance that has turned the policy wonk into a wannabe urban farmer, one among a growing class of city dwellers who hope to bring the charms of the hinterland—be it chickens or bees—into heavily populated neighbourhoods. But he doesn’t hope to restrict bees to his own backyard: Fréchette wants to make a home for them on Parliament Hill. He says a rooftop in the area would make an ideal home for an apiary, similar to the sky-high hives atop the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto or the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Laureen Harper might approve. The Prime Minister’s wife recently appeared stoic during a run-in with the Royal York’s famous bees.)

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August 22, 2014   No Comments

Milross Community Garden celebrates honey bees in Vancouver

Amacon’s Lilliana de Cotiis presents $10,000 cheque to Sarah Common from Hives for Humanity. Photo by Michael Levenston.

“Just having the community garden here is great, but having the hives here and the awareness that it raises about pollinators and the challenges facing honeybees is something else again,” said Melissa Howey.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2014


“We think these workshops are a great way to engage with the gardeners and with the public about honeybees and native pollinators as well,” said Shannon Common, community liaison with Hives for Humanity. “The gardens, the hives and the living walls we have been making here are a great demonstration of innovative use of urban space.”

Hives for Humanity maintains 40 of the garden boxes to act as a pollinator meadow, and a herb garden that is open to about 90 registered gardeners.

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July 15, 2014   Comments Off

Edmonton’s Northlands all abuzz over urban farm additions

Kevin Kossowan de-weeds the garden at the Northlands Urban Farm on 79 Street and 113 Avenue on Wednesday. Photo by Trevor Robb/Edmonton Sun.

31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm – 80,000 honey bees

By Trevor Robb
Edmonton Sun
June 25, 2014


Joining the 31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm — initiated in May in partnership with local companies Shovel & Fork and Lactuca Corp. — and its six linear miles of salad greens are four beehives, containing over 80,000 honey bees.

The urban beekeeping operation, which consists of four boxes with 10 frames inside, will be overseen by local beekeeper Patty Milligan. She is hoping to cultivate 60 to 120 pounds of dandelion honey this year and almost four times that in following years.

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July 6, 2014   Comments Off

‘City Farmer’ featured on Easy Organic Gardener Radio Show

Listen here to archived recording.

With host Sheri Frey

Guest Michael Levenston
June 22, 2014

About Sheri:
Since 1979 Sheri has been co-owner and vice president of ARBICO Organics. ARBICO Organics produces and markets organic and natural products for home, business, garden, lawn, farm and pets. Products include beneficial insects and organisms, fertilizers and soil amendments, weed and disease controls, composting supplies, insecticides, critter controls, horse care, traps, lures, pheromones, botanicals and more.

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June 23, 2014   Comments Off

Ohio State researchers recruit citizens to help study backyard pollinators

Chelsea Smith, a research assistant at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, sets up a kit that volunteers use in their gardens to track pollination. Photo by Tom Dodge, Dispatch.

Ohio State research project enlists ‘citizen scientists’ to see how pollinators affect their urban fruit, vegetable gardens

By Jessica White
The Columbus Dispatch
May 11, 2014


Thousands of seeds have been planted, and amateur scientists across the state are ready to step into their laboratories, also known as their backyards.

Soon, about 2,400 sunflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers and banana peppers will sprout in this study on pollination.

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June 18, 2014   Comments Off

Vancouver’s Hives for Humanity at work in Downtown Eastside

Photo by DM Gillis.

Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.

By Alessandra Naccarato
Briarpatch Magazine
May 1, 2014

The heart is a hive named Elizabeth. It was the first one they set up in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), back in June 2012. They didn’t expect it to produce honey but wanted to share the experience of beekeeping, believing it could be “a powerful way to pull people out of their chaos.”

Against expectation, Elizabeth created 40 litres of honey that summer, twice the amount of Julia’s hives on pristine farmland near Tsawwassen. More than that, community members showed a talent for beekeeping and were leading peer workshops in apiculture by September. Today, Hives for Humanity manages 72 hives throughout downtown Vancouver and has a supply of rich, raw honey it sells to sustain the project.

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June 10, 2014   Comments Off

Hotel apiaries are the bee’s knees

Travel video showing honey used by hotel chefs

By Ashley Day
USA Today
April 2014

The next wave in the urban agriculture trend…make that swarm…is here: Hotel honeybees housed in on-site apiaries.

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Michelle Obama opens the first-ever White House Pollinator Garden

The Sixth-Annual White House Garden Planting

By Elyse Cohen
White House Blog
Apr 3, 2014


Yesterday, the First Lady welcomed local students and FoodCorps leaders on the South Lawn for the sixth-annual planting of the White House Kitchen Garden. The garden was first planted in 2009 to commence a nationwide conversation on healthy eating and inspired the First Lady to launch Let’s Move!

At this year’s planting, the First Lady hosted the founders of FoodCorps, a program dedicated to teaching our nation’s children about healthy food while ensuring they have access to it during the school day.

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April 11, 2014   Comments Off

Wild Bees Catch Honeybee Disease

A bumble bee biting open a stem of a flower in order to feed. Photo from Wiki.

Study suggests a honeybee disease might be spilling over into wild bee populations in the U.K.

By Kerry Grens
The Scientist
February 19, 2014


Deformed wing virus (DMV), a disease that affects commercial honeybees, can also infect wild bumblebees and shorten their life span, researchers report today (February 19) in Nature. Given the overlapping geographical distribution of the disease among honeybees and bumblebees in the U.K., the authors conclude that the virus is likely spilling over from commercial hives into wild populations.

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March 1, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Beehive – Philips Design Concept


The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home

By Philips Design


The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.

The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.

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February 28, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Hives

Researchers from Canada found two species of urban leafcutter bees, pictured, have started using small pieces of plastic as a substitute for plant resins in their nests. In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites. The study claims this means the plastic could be making the nests more secure.

“We found two solitary bee species using plastic in place of natural nest-building materials, which suggests innovative use of common urban materials.”

Scott MacIvor/Andrew Moore
News Release
University of Guelph
February 11, 2014

Once the snow melts, Canada’s bee population will be back in business — pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste.

A new study by a University of Guelph graduate and a U of G scientist reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The research was published recently in the journal Ecosphere.

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February 20, 2014   Comments Off

Sadness over theft of beehive from Norwich, UK community garden

Tish Kerkham at the spot where the beehive was stolen in Marlpit Community Garden, Norwich.

Mrs Kerkham said the hive had been installed to increase the pollination of fruit and vegetables at the garden

By Dominic Bareham
Evening News
December 27, 2013


She believed the raid had been carried out by at least two people who knew how to handle hives as there was no evidence of any damage or dead bees on the ground and therefore she thought the colony had been stolen to order.

The hive may have been carried out through a gap in the fence, though she said residents living near to the garden may not have had any reason to be suspicious if they had seen people walking through the garden with the hive.

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January 8, 2014   Comments Off

The Guardian: Offices are turning their roofs into edible gardens and bee sanctuaries

The edible roof garden on top of the Bloomsbury Street Hotel. Photograph by inmidtown.

The urban roof gardens aim to increase city sustainability and engage employees

By Tass Mavrogordato
The Guardian
Aug. 13, 2013


As part of inmidtown’s bid to make the area London’s most sustainable commercial district, it recently launched two organic fruit and vegetable edible gardens across central London businesses. In addition to the host of environmental benefits already discussed, these gardens support hyper-local production of produce, and enable businesses to reduce the food miles associated with their usual orders, so offer yet another incentive.

The green roofs scheme is currently supported by organisations in the area such as law firm Olswang, and the Bloomsbury Street Hotel, which are growing edible roof gardens, whilst on a further two green roofs, law firm Mischon de Reya and the Trade Union Congress are growing wildflowers to support the local bee population.

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September 6, 2013   Comments Off

Manhattan Office Tower Home to 100,000 European Honeybees

One Bryant Park, which received a LEED platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council, houses the corporate and investment businesses of the Bank of America as well as Durst’s offices. Photo by Demetrius Freeman/The New York Times.

Unbeknown to the busy office workers and the tourists sunning themselves in Bryant Park, there are now some 100,000 European honeybees above them on the seventh-floor rooftop of One Bryant Park

By Julie Satow
New York Times
August 6, 2013


At One Bryant Park last summer, Richard Kohlbrecher, who is allergic to bee venom, first saw hundreds of honeybees darting in and out of the sprawling sedum ground cover on the green roofs he was inspecting. He turned his initial alarm into a housing plan for the secret tenants.

“I had never seen that before and it got me thinking: if there are that many bees in Midtown, maybe it makes sense to put up some hives,” said Mr. Kohlbrecher, vice president for operations for The Durst Organization, which owns the company’s 51-story-tower at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. The skyscraper houses the corporate and investment businesses of the Bank of America as well as Durst’s offices.

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