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Complaints prompt Cambridge to evict synagogue’s bees

Rabbi Liza Stern checked on her bees, mostly dormant now with the cold, which she keeps on the roof next to her synagogue in Cambridge. Photo by Joanne Rathe.

“We have children and pets, and it can be fatal. And her answer is, ‘Well, we have an EpiPen.’?”

By Billy Baker
Boston Globe
Nov 20, 2014


She said they provide an educational component for children at the school, and offer a palpable connection to honey, which has an ancient symbolism in Judaism. For the Jewish new year, Stern presented homemade honey to the congregation, a tradition to symbolize a sweet new year.

The neighbors who oppose the hives say they respect all of this. But they say that the hives, how they were installed, and the impact they have had on the neighborhood are far from harmonious.

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November 28, 2014   Comments Off

Honeybees bring the sweetness of urban agriculture to Cleveland’s convention center

Matt Del Regno, executive chef at the Cleveland Convention Center and resident beekeeper, shows off a frame containing a honey-laden honeycomb. Photo Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer.

St. Clair estimated that Cuyahoga County now has about 200 hobbyist beekeepers. Statewide, he said, there are about 5,500 – a number that grows every year.

By Steven Litt,
The Plain Dealer
November 13, 2014


Matt Del Regno, executive chef for Levy Restaurants, the food service provider at the convention center, started keeping bees at the facility in mid-April.

Since then, he’s begun replacing commercially produced honey with his own extremely local product.

“You can taste the difference,” he said. “It’s a discernible difference.”

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November 20, 2014   Comments Off

10-year National Pollinator Strategy in England: New measures to protect pollinators


The government has made an agreement with landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency to restore bee-friendly habitat throughout England.

By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News
Nov 3, 2014


To make space across an increasingly urban landscape for insects, the government has secured commitments from landowners including Network Rail and the Highways Agency, which has agreed to undertake work to “enhance the grassland” on its verges.

Mr Shardlow pointed out that these pollinator-friendly urban spaces were vital and he encouraged the public to help.

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November 4, 2014   Comments Off

Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive


“Bee populations are diminishing due to human impact”

By Mark L. Winston
Harvard University Press
August 2014

Being among bees is a full-body experience, Mark Winston writes—from the low hum of tens of thousands of insects and the pungent smell of honey and beeswax, to the sight of workers flying back and forth between flowers and the hive. The experience of an apiary slows our sense of time, heightens our awareness, and inspires awe. Bee Time presents Winston’s reflections on three decades spent studying these creatures, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.

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September 15, 2014   Comments Off

Young citizen scientists reveal urban bee ‘surprise’

Dallas Campbell with survey participant. BBC presenter Dallas Campbell said children were “natural-born scientists”.

A patch of lavender in a city centre sees more bumblebees than a patch in the country, according to preliminary results from a citizen science project

By Jonathan Webb
BBC News
Sept 9, 2014


“Within cities, there are fewer floral resources,” said Dr Michael Pocock from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, who led the analysis of the data with colleague Dr Helen Roy.

“And so one of the likely explanations is that there’s a concentration effect – the bumblebees in the area are concentrated on floral resources which are provided through pots of lavender and beds of lavender.”

That isn’t necessarily bad news, Dr Roy added, because it suggests that planting more flowers in cities will help boost bumblebee numbers.

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September 13, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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.

April 20, 2014   Comments Off

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