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NEWS: The Beekeepers of Mar Vista

“Chelsea and Rob McFarland are spearheading an effort to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles — and to give honeybees a better name…

The Mar Vista couple behind the organization Honeylove is all about changing the way people think about honeybees… with the sustainability and garden-focused community of Mar Vista as the testing ground.

Visitors to the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market Green Committee tent this summer may have spotted Chelsea wearing a bee costume at the market’s July 4th celebrations, gathering signatures on a petition. On a single day at the market, more than 500 people signed, said Green Committee co-chair Sherri Akers…

Honeylove is also working to engage surrounding communities. On Aug 11, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council voted to support looking into its own pilot program…

Honeylove will be hosting a [FREE] screening Saturday [8/20/11] of the film The Vanishing of the Bees at the Mar Vista Public Library from 2-5:30 p.m. The event coincides with National Honeybee Awareness Day…

[ click here to read the full article by Devin Kelly on marvista.patch.com ] 

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DO YOU LIVE OR WORK IN MAR VISTA, CALIFORNIA?
Please fill out this bee survey and let Mar Vista Council know your opinions on our beekeeping pilot program!
http://marvista.org/beesurvey

Please Note: Survey responses are limited to one per person/survey and street address of respondent must be provided to be included in the results.

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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…”

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

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BEEKEEPERS FLASHMOB THIS SATURDAY IN LOS ANGELES!! FREE EVENT!!
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)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219590838071888

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SANTA MONICA: LEGALIZED BEEKEEPING (01/11)
MAR VISTA: APPROVED A BEEKEEPING FEASIBILITY STUDY (06/11)
DEL REY: APPROVED A BEEKEEPING FEASIBILITY STUDY (08/11)

Please contact us if you would like to add your community to that list!! info [at] honeylove [dot] org

Help us legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles – please SIGN OUR PETITION below:
change.org/petitions/help-legalize-beekeeping-in-mar-vista
**you do not need to live in LA to sign

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Crazy addicting…. watch out…. Honeybee song + Honeybee game ?
http://iheartbees.tumblr.com/bzzz

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Bee + Lavender

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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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