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Urban beekeeping is the latest buzz

“…city dwellers across the country are rapidly discovering the appeal of urban beekeeping. Large cities like Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco are even promoting beekeeping for pollination health, to keep city vegetation green and lush…

“There’s a fear factor that occurs around honeybees,” said Michael Thompson, who helped start the Chicago Honey Co-op in 2003. “People don’t understand just how gentle they really are…”

Beekeepers say any complaints they get are usually based on misconceptions about honeybees.

“In five years, we have had about two people come by and actually be angry about our hives,” Thompson said. “They thought yellow jacket wasps were honeybees.”

Even in New York City, longtime beekeeper Roger Repohl said prosecutions of beekeepers are rare and problems only arise when something bothersome happens, such as when someone topples a hive or the bees get into a building. Repohl said it’s more an issue of humans endangering bees, not the other way around.

Urban beekeepers say the few concerns are more than worth it. Many swear the honey is tastier, and they say cities are often a healthier environment for bees because there is less pesticide usage than in most farming areas.

Residents with gardens typically welcome bees, and many beekeepers say they’ve found their neighbors are very interested in their bees.

“They’re sort of like fish but better. Watching them calms you,” said Rob Hicks, who keeps four hives in Chicago. “It’s a fun way to spend time, and I think it might even have some effect on blood pressure,” he joked.

There’s also the honey. Hicks said that like many beekeepers, he’s usually able to sweet-talk neighbors into acceptance by keeping them well-supplied with honey…”

Click here to read the full article by JESSICA M. PASKO
Associated Press Writer – Seattle Times
Photo by Bob Redmond

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Help make a buzz for the bees! Come take a walk down HoneyLove’s Sustainable Yellow Carpet and get your photo taken on National Honeybee Awareness Day!! Watch a FREE film screening of “Vanishing of the Bees” – HELP LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING!! 8/20/11 (2pm-5:30pm)

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Tonight at the Del Rey Community Council we proposed an urban beekeeping feasibility study (which we modeled after the Mar Vista study that is currently underway)… AND… just the same as Mar Vista, we received UNANIMOUS SUPPORT!! 

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If you are not familiar with LUSH yet – check them out – they are awesome!

I first encountered LUSH when I went to a Tails for Whales event they put on with Kristin Bauer from HBO’s True Blood. AND just recently… Kristin Bauer started buzzing for the BEES!!

You can check out the little video I put together for IFAW’s event below:

IFAW event @ LUSH from Chelsea McFarland on Vimeo.

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Eric the Half-a-Bee (Monty Python – 1972)

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by Bernadette Deming Prints

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Apricot and Bee – Osaka, Japan
Photo by Ponkan 

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We just reach 1,000 signatures on our online petition to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles!! 

***You do not need to live in LA to sign

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Blessed Be, Honey Bee– Grand Hallway (Live on KEXP)

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