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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

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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   No Comments

Wild Bees Catch Honeybee Disease

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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

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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

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The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home

By Philips Design
2011

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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

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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.”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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August 12, 2013   Comments Off

The Secret Life of White House Bees

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The White House Blog
June 2010

When White House carpenter Charlie Brandt told some of First Lady Michelle Obama’s staff about his latest hobby in beekeeping, Chef Sam Kass was quick to ask him if he knew how to make honey that could be used in the White House kitchen. Fortunately, not only did Brandts know how to make the honey, but he also had a spare beehive at home that he was happy to donate to the White House.

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August 8, 2013   Comments Off

New York: Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives

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Caring for bees in New York City is especially challenging. Photo by Josh Dzieza/The Daily Beast.

Three years after New York legalized beekeeping, hives are everywhere, including on the roof of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel

By Josh Dzieza
The Daily Beast
Aug 3, 2013

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It has just begun to rain on a gray Thursday morning when I step out onto the 20th-floor terrace of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, where a half-dozen people are eyeing a row of six squat beehives lining the northern balcony. Patrick Cote, the young bleach-blond nephew of Andrew Cote and a fifth-generation beekeeper, is walking between the raised-bed gardens, puffing smoke out of a tin-can-and-bellows censerlike contraption. Andrew explains that the smoke blocks the pheromones that the bees will use to raise the alarm that we’re breaking into their hives and stealing their honey.

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August 4, 2013   Comments Off

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities

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By Luke Dixon
Timber Press
2013

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs; this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are safe, legal, and neighbor-friendly.

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May 31, 2013   Comments Off

National Geographic: The Plight of the Honeybee

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A beekeeper pulls a section of honeycomb from a hive. Photograph by Gianluca Colla, National Geographic.

Billions of dollars — and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators

Jennifer S. Holland
National Geographic News
Published May 10, 2013

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Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer’s crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in honeybee declines. The U.S. hasn’t followed suit, though this year a group of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the EPA for not doing enough to protect bees from the pesticide onslaught.

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May 12, 2013   Comments Off

Bike-a-Bee Beekeeper Expands Urban Farming Project

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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
DNAinfo
April 25, 2013

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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.

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April 29, 2013   Comments Off

Rooftop beehives create buzz above French parliament

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Beekeepers and employees install three beehives in the blue, white, red colours of the French national flag on the roof of the National Assembly in Paris. Photo by Jacky Naegelen.

The roof of France’s National Assembly is ready to buzz with activity after the arrival of three large bee hives this week as part of a project to promote pesticide-free honey

By Tara Oakes
Reuters
PARIS. Apr 4, 2013

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The bees are expected to be moved in once the weather warms up, should produce up to 150 kg of honey a year and help pollinate flowering plants around the capital at a time of worldwide decline in bee numbers.

The project is part of a new trend across Europe to put bee colonies on city rooftops, taking advantage of the fact that bees adapt well to urban living and can target the many varieties of long-blooming inner-city greenery.

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April 6, 2013   Comments Off

Downtown Eastside Vancouver beehive is buzzing about hope, redemption

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Sarah Common, left, and her mother, Julia Common, right, with the help of Jim McLeod in the middle, check on the beehive at the community garden on Vancouver’s East Hastings on March 28, 2013. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun.

This hive of activity offers beekeepers a touch of therapeutic renewal

By Jeff Lee
Vancouver Sun
March 31, 2013

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On a vacant lot next door to the Insite supervised drug injection facility in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside, a busy little beehive is teaching people about hope and redemption and erasing long-held misconceptions.

For Jim McLeod, at 36 still battling issues with drug addiction, caring for the hive of honey-producing bees has taught him patience and how to look beyond the day-to-day stresses of trying to survive in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood.

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April 1, 2013   Comments Off

The Thinking Beekeeper

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A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives

By Christy Hemenway
New Society Publishers
January 2013

What’s the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

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March 26, 2013   Comments Off