Category — Bees
Billions of dollars — and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators
Jennifer S. Holland
National Geographic News
Published May 10, 2013
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.
May 12, 2013 No Comments
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
April 25, 2013
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.
April 29, 2013 No Comments
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
PARIS. Apr 4, 2013
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.
April 6, 2013 No Comments
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
March 31, 2013
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.
April 1, 2013 No Comments
A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
By Christy Hemenway
New Society Publishers
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.
March 26, 2013 No Comments
The airport has also been home to a handful of honeybees being tended to by urban beekeepers
By Rick Paulas
March 21, 2013
The 928-square-foot garden, first opened last September, consists of 26 aeroponic towers that grow a variety of herbs and vegetables. The list of produce growing in the towers includes, but is not limited to, chard, basil, lettuce, edible flowers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. And just who is using these vegetables? Currently, three restaurants in the airport proper make regular treks to the garden to harvest produce for their dishes: Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless’s Tortas Fontera Grill, and the highly-acclaimed Wicker Park Sushi Bar.
March 23, 2013 1 Comment
Twenty-five hives each containing around 40,000 bees were torn apart Monday night.
By Susie Cagle
Oct 30, 2012
Casualties of Hurricane Sandy included 1 million unfortunate bees at the Brooklyn Grange’s Navy Yard urban farming project. Twenty-five hives each containing around 40,000 bees were torn apart Monday night.
“All our hives that were out on the pier were destroyed,” said Chase Emmons, a managing partner and the chief beekeeper at Brooklyn Grange.
An additional 10 hives located on Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm survived — but the loss is catastrophic for the city’s largest apiary. Emmons knew before the storm that the hives were at risk.
October 31, 2012 2 Comments
Every Slovenian knows at least one beekeeper, but likely closer to ten. (Soiled and Seeded)
By Meredith Turk
Soiled and Seeded
Issue 8, Sept. 2012
The Slovenian landscape would not be the same without the thousands of bee houses that pepper roadsides and small mountain villages. Slovenians have painted their beehive panels for centuries, with the idea that bees have better orientation when panels are painted bright colors. When the paintings first appeared, the themes were drawn from Biblical imagery, held in high regard by a strongly Catholic population. After Slovenia’s entry into Yugoslavia, organized religion was banned and panel images depicted more cultural and landscape scenes rather than religious ones prior.
September 13, 2012 No Comments
‘It’s gotten out of hand,’ admits Yin Gin Chen. Beekeepers swarm upon Corona house and confiscate insects and take them to undisclosed location
By Clare Trapasso And Oren Yaniv
New York Daily News
Aug 23, 2012
A residential Queens block became a buzzy battleground with nearly 3 million bees swarming around a modest brick house on a lot teeming with 45 hives.
Brazen beekeeper Yi Gin Chen, 58, claimed he started with one hive two years ago and the insects just multiplied.
“It’s gotten out of hand,” he said. “I don’t have the time or resources to do this.”
August 30, 2012 No Comments
The rusty-patched bumble bee, known to scientists as Bombus affinis, is the first bee in North America to be officially declared an endangered species.
By Margaret Munro
August 19, 2012
Packer and his graduate students focus on wild bees – about 19,500 species in the world, 808 of them in Canada. They say the insects deserve more attention and appreciation, in part because they are such sensitive environmental indicators. “They’re like the canary in the coal mine,” says Packer.
And when a common species such as the rusty-patched bumble bee disappears, he says, “it’s a warning signal that things are going wrong in the great outdoors.”
August 20, 2012 No Comments
The Bee Collective will extract and jar honey from beekeepers across London, aiming to promote habitats in the city
Aug 17, 2012
Beekeeping in London has reached unprecedented levels in the past five years. Beekeepers’ associations report membership more than doubling and it is thought there could be as many as 5,000 beekeepers within the M25, each with an average of three hives. But harvesting and extracting honey from the honey comb can be a laborious, sticky and expensive process. The Bee Collective says it aims to take the effort out of extraction. In return it wants a small amount of honey as payment.
August 19, 2012 No Comments
Until 2010, beekeeping was illegal in New York City
By Charley Cameron,
Inhabitat New York City
The 20th floor of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria now accommodates some rather unusual residents — around 250,000 bees living on the roof of the prestigious hotel. Transported to their new midtown Manhattan digs by a Lincoln Towncar, the pollinating inhabitants of the six beehives were placed there to support the PlaNYC initiative to plant 1,000,000 new trees over the next decade. The hotel will benefit directly too, with their own in-house supply of sustainable honey!
July 4, 2012 No Comments
Eric Tourneret’s Megacity Honey – 21st Century Urban Beekeeping – 36 Photos
Eric Tourneret: A photojournalist for 25 years, his favorite work involves studies of subcultures and human interest stories.
The big capitals of the world are showing an amazing enthusiasm for beekeeping. In London, mayor Boris Johnson has launched a campaign to make the capital “bee friendly”… Apiaries and community gardens have been set up, and – in time for the Olympic Games – the city can boast the creation of 2012 parks… In Berlin, the green city, apiaries have been installed since 2011. The city counts 750 beekeepers, and 2,500 hives.
June 27, 2012 No Comments
Subculture Club is a documentary-style show that looks at subcultures around the country in an exploratory and cinematic output.
By Thrash Lab
Jun 20, 2012
In this episode of Subculture Club we meet up with Urban Beekeeping guru Kirk Anderson (aka Kirkobeeo), co-founder of the Backwards Beekeepers. Kirk and other beekeeping activists will explain: What are the tools for urban beekeeping? How to get the honey from the hive to the jar? Where are the bees? What are the laws around urban beekeeping in Los Angeles and major cities?
June 20, 2012 No Comments
In October 2008 a large banyan tree located in Bangalore, India, made the world record for the number of beehives, with 575 in the one tree.
June 5, 2012
High above one of the world’s busiest and most congested city streets, urban apiarist Michael Leung runs his crusade for conscious local food, documented in Virgile Simon Bertrand’s inspiring photographs. Leung founded HK Honey as a way of using his background as a product designer to introduce the largely unknown concept of sustainable food to Hong Kong. Initially starting with just a few hives on the roof of his design studio in Ngau Tau Kok, Leung developed both a brand and a responsible community around his lifestyle ideology. “By putting bees in an industrial area we are showing a bit of optimism and that it’s not too late to do something about environmental change,” he explains.
June 5, 2012 No Comments
Gorgeous film about an urban beekeeper in Brooklyn
Directed and Produced By
Keith “Keef” Ehrlich
Director Of Photography
Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”
February 29, 2012 No Comments
Bike·a·Bee is connecting Chicago greenspaces, community gardens and urban farms with beehives that need a nice sunny spot to live. All of the hives are visited and cared for on a bike!
By John Greenfield
Jan 10, 2012
Chicago cyclist Jana Kinsman has a honey of a plan. As a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, she did design, illustration and modeling for the 2011 and 2012 Thought You Knew pin-up calendars, featuring glamorous photos of local bicyclists. But last summer while apprenticing at an apiary (a place where bees, not apes, are kept) in Oregon, she got bitten by the bug. She decided to start Bike-a-Bee, a car-free beekeeping project back home in the Windy City.
January 14, 2012 1 Comment
Is the City the Future for Honeybees? America’s Only Urban Beekeeping Store Owner Thinks So
December 28, 2011
We’ve already seen studies that suggest that big city bees may be healthier than their rural counterparts. And that’s something Bryon Waibel—proprietor of America’s only urban beekeeping store Her Majesty’s Secret Beekeeper—would agree with. Having seen his own urban bees thrive while his Dad’s bees in the countryside of Minnesota have struggled, Waibel is convinced that the city may be the home of the future for honeybees.
December 28, 2011 No Comments
Shake with ice and serve with a twist of lemon in a martini glass.
By Ian Douglas
23 Aug 2011
Mikey Tomkins keeps the hive on top of the hall and organised the event as part of his work at Sustain, a charity that promotes good practice in food production. ‘We’re a charity, we promote food in huge variety. There’s the sustainable fish for London campaign, the real bread campaign, and Capital Bee [a Sustain campaign sponsored by the Mayor of London's office] is part of Capital Growth, which promotes food growing in London.
September 1, 2011 No Comments
Pollen is an independent local business that promotes beekeeping, gardening and farming in urban spaces
Pollen Spreads in New Haven, Connecticut
By Sara Franklin
As Pollen’s business builds, Ben and Rachel continue to broaden the range of clients to whom their services are financially available. Eventually, Ben said they hope to work with low-income residents who have little or no cash to divert toward sustainability projects, but have the time and commitment necessary for project upkeep.
August 24, 2011 No Comments