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RESCUED FROM: Bird house in their own backyard!

“I’m so happy to have come across Honeylove. We’ve had bees in our birdhouse for several years and I didn’t think much of it. Until they got crowded and swarmed, and swarmed again. For a moment I thought after the third swarm maybe they shouldn’t live here. But but now we all do, and happily. I don’t think they miss the little birdhouse.” – Michael

“Michael and his bees are some of HoneyLove’s favorites… for the same reasons: good-natured, loyal, and productive!” – Rob McFarland (HoneyLove)

If you happened to see our observation hive at our Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase, you saw some of Michael’s very happy bees in action.  Our observation hive will be back for your viewing pleasure at our booth at the upcoming TreePeople’s Green City Fair on May 5. 

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Thank you so much Hal Ackerman for generously donating a copy of your book “Stein, Stung“ to our HoneyLove Library!! Here is a sneak peak:


My mother was a queen and I am a queen. I was nurtured in a queen’s chamber. Catered to. Cleansed. Fed a steady diet of royal jelly. One of my sisters was born in a royal chamber, too. Our destiny was to meet. Oh, yes. We met. And she is no more. Her will was weak. Her body snapped under mine. The battle was ghastly and short. Only my mother the queen now stands in the way of my destiny. I seek her out. She knows why I have come. I place my young, fertile body against the aging brittle shell of hers. There is room for only one of us. She tests my will and I hurl her down. I would do what is needed but allow her to choose exile. She signals her followers. They leave in tens, in thousands. I will never see her again. The past is gone. There is only the future.

The scent of my pheromones becomes the new tone key of the hive. It is my colony. My entourage will anticipate and attend to my every need. My sole purpose will be to become an object of desire. There will be an evening, warm and gentle, when I will make my virgin flight into the world. The air will be dizzy with fragrance, none more erotic than my own. He will find me. He will be drawn to me out of the air. He will descend upon me in flight. When I have taken from him every cell he has to give he will fall away and I will be taken by another. He will encircle me, beating his frantic wings. He must have me. Yes, I will say to him, yes and yes. And when he is done there is another who must have me or die. And he will have me or die. A dozen males will have me. And when I return to the colony the future is within me. I will never again return to the outside.

I will lay eggs. Filling every chamber with my legacy. My genes. My pitch. Legions of incomplete females and stingerless males. From the moment they break through the wax, their lives will be a succession of services to me all the days of their lives. They will clean the nursery. They will tend the brood. They will construct new comb to store honey for the winter. Their wings will beat in unison and keep the colony at perfect temperature. They will search for nectar and pollen that will feed us. They will explore for miles. They will return with unerring accuracy. They will ride on currents of light and fluctuations of heat and magnetism, scent and ultra violet. They will guard against invaders. They will fight for me to the death. Tens of thousands may die that I shall live. So it must be. I am the future. I am the life. I am the heartbeat. I am the essence. I will lay two hundred thousand eggs this summer and the next and the next. Among them shall be the one who will be destined to supplant me. If she lives.

The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

If you are interested in borrowing a book from the HoneyLove Library…
Send us an email: info [at] honeylove [dot] org

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PHOTOS: Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
HoneyLove booth @ “Showcase Central” April 21, 2012

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HONEYLOVE BOOTH @ Fox Studios Earth Day Event - 4/19/12

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PHOTOS: Today at the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase Meet & Greet!!
Honey Tasting / Observation Hive / Visit from LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl

COME OUT AND VISIT HONEYLOVE AT THE SHOWCASE CENTRAL NEXT SATURDAY (3635 Grand View Blvd, 90066) for the fourth annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase - a citywide Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 from 10 am to 4pm. FREE PUBLIC EVENT!!!

Thank you Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee and the Learning Garden for helping to host!!

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Please sign and share our petition to help LEGALIZE URBAN BEEKEEPING IN LOS ANGELES!!

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Beekeeping: cheaper than therapy and you get honey! 

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Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ? 
1. Mar Vista (11/8/11)
2. Del Rey (12/8/11)
3. Greater Griffith Park (1/17/12)
4. South Robertson (1/19/12)
5. Silver Lake (3/7/12)
6. Hollywood United (3/19/12) 
7. Atwater Village (4/12/12) 

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PHOTOS: HoneyLoveLyric Everly’s “Pure Honey” EP Release Party
3/31/12 @ M.A.D.E. (Venice, CA)

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ARTICLE: Buzzing for community development

Community organization and selfless dedication are the traits of the honeybee. The Calgary Hive Mentality Project aims to provide this perspective by hosting educators from across North America to address the importance of bees as a conduit for community development. 

The speaker series began on March 16 with Kirk Anderson, one of the founders of North America’s largest urban beekeepers’ association, and Los Angeles’s most wanted swarm catcher.

“When I first got into bees there was a big back-to-the-land movement in the late ’60s, early ’70s, but I couldn’t afford to go back to the land because I had a bunch of kids to raise,” said Anderson. 

So instead, Anderson bought some mail-order bees and put them in his mother’s backyard, pioneering a trend that would evolve into a full-blown food security movement now at the height of popularity in l.a. 

“People want to be connected to that, especially the young generation,” he said. 

Anderson is founder and guru of the Backwards Beekeepers’ association, a group of 800 organic, treatment-free beekeepers who focus on encouraging the native feral bee populations inhabiting southern California. 

Beekeeping in l.a. is illegal. However, Anderson maintains 20 hives. 

“I usually ignore most politics unless I agree with it,” he said. “Most of the bees I use are feral so they’re already in the environment anyway. I’m just taking some of them and putting them in a box.”

Honeybees are incredibly important to pollinating a number of fruits and vegetables, but in the last 50 years, their numbers have been dwindling rapidly. Scientific researchers think the varroa destructor mite is responsible for this decline, and the mite is a topic of contention in the beekeeping community.

“[Some people] get the idea that the whole bee population will succumb unless you and a bunch of the other beekeepers become emergency medical technicians for insects,” said Anderson.

“So they’ve been treating this mite with all these chemicals, and guess what kind of mite they have left? The strongest, most resistant, toughest, meanest, no good, sob mites that have ever come down the line,” he said. 

Anderson was confident in nature’s ability to select for the strong rather than relying on human intervention to give a bad track record for managing nature. 

According to Anderson, it is the wild bees, who are as diverse as the cultures represented in l.a., that makes bee populations resilient. He also argues that diversity in the environment is required to keep the bees healthy. 

Eliese Watson, organizer of the event and sole proprietor of Calgary’s Apiaries and Bees for Communities, also agrees that diversity is key to the survival of not only bees, but also humans. 

“Our rural setting has been monopolized by monoculture,” she said. “No longer is our rural environment a healthy environment for nature to thrive.”

With a massively industrialized agricultural system affecting nature, hobbyists like Anderson and Watson are finding ways to change human participation in food production.

“People are starting to actually have a connection with nature and recognizing that for humans to thrive, nature must thrive,” said Watson. “And so for bees to come into the city is a complete natural progression of the human psyche in accepting nature in our urban spaces.” 

Watson was featured on the Discovery Channel’s The Daily Planet in 2011 as she roamed across the city rescuing swarms of bees. For Watson, the national press has only added more momentum to her business and the urban beekeeping movement in Calgary. 

“It’s not always easy, but the Calgary community has been incredibly supportive,” she said of the increased interest and responsiveness to urban beekeeping. “The altruism, love, compassion, and care within a bee colony truly does exist within our society.”

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