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Mar Vista Beekeeping Pilot Program Initiative Takes Another Step Forward

MVCC Green, Outreach and PLUM Committees approve a motion to support urban beekeeping in Los Angeles.


“Following an hour of discussions and deliberations over its feasibility study, the Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee, Outreach Committee and Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved a motion Wednesday night to support urban beekeeping in Los Angeles.

The motion will be presented to the MVCC Board of Directors at its next monthly meeting on November 8.

The initiative began back in May, when local residents Chelsea and Rob McFarland approached the Green Committee about creating a feasibility study for a pilot beekeeping program in Mar Vista, similar to the recently-adopted Santa Monica beekeeping ordinance. The motion was passed unanimously and was approved by the MVCC the following month, where outreach began in earnest.

At the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market the committee collected 511 signatures in support of legalizing beekeeping in Mar Vista. Scores of people turned out to a free screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, and the Green Committee set up an online survey on the MVCC website that garnered 275 responses, with 81percent of those people supporting a pilot beekeeping project in Mar Vista. The MVCC also hand delivered a copy of the survey to 10,000 households with its quarterly newsletter. Between the survey and the petition over 3,000 people stated they were in favor of the pilot project.

The 34-page feasibility study, which was presented at Wednesday night’s meeting, also included a comparison survey of urban beekeeping cities throughout the country including Chicago, New York, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle…

“Given the [positive] response we’ve seen in Mar Vista, we can be the catalyst to get the city to embrace the program but it shouldn’t be limited to us,” she said. She added that it was important to network with other community councils that have also expressed interest in being part of a pilot program.

MVCC Chair Albert Olson agreed, noting that there’s currently a similar survey being undertaken in Del Rey.  

The final motion, which was approved unanimously (and to great applause), states:

The Feasibility Study concludes that there is a strong community interest in supporting beekeeping efforts and that doing so would result in positive changes that permit the healthy growth of honey bee colonies and increase the production and quality of fruits, vegetables and flowers in Mar Vista’s organic home gardens while providing a community service as a resource for the removal of feral (wild) hives. Research indicates that such a program would be cost neutral to the city of LA.

The MVCC Board therefore recommends the implementation of a Beekeeping Pilot Program in to test safety and develop best practices for future expansion. We urge the City of LA to adopt a policy that includes conditions relating to maintenance, location, registration and notification to assure for the safety of all residents, which may result in the continued preservation of quality of life and preservation of single-family residential districts.

*Chelsea and Rob McFarland will be presenting a session on urban beekeeping on Sunday at the Los Angeles Green Festival.”

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

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Click here to download the Mar Vista Fall Newsletter 2011 (google docs pdf – no preview)

Honey bees are mentioned on FIVE OF THE EIGHT PAGES!!!

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Chim Chimney Beekeeping: The New Homesteading

“Homeowners and apartment dwellers on both sides of the Atlantic are dipping into the yummy hives of bees.

While Homesteaders on our own turf continue to battle it out over naming rights, urban nature dwellers in Britain are taking “local” and “self-sufficiency” to new heights: their rooftops. It’s a trend that’s migrating stateside, but remember you heard it here first. We’re calling it Chim Chimney Beekeeping®.

As a thank you for reading us each day, you’re free to dump the ®.

Here’s how it all started.

In 2008, the British Beekeepers Association reported that the UK bee population had plummeted by as much as a third, citing causes like parasites, insecticides, loss of flowering plants and pollution. In the United States, meanwhile, we’ve been scratching our heads at the mysterious disappearance of bees as well, a condition that we’ve dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder.

It’s a very serious problem worldwide as bees are responsible for pollinating about a third of the world’s food supply. Unless we want to subsist on wind-pollinated foods like wheat, rice, oats and acorns, we need them in our backyards.

The English, renowned for their stiff upper lips, best foot forward, and superlative gardens, have responded by cultivating thriving Chim Chimney Beekeeping communities. UK-wide, there’s an estimated 274,000 bee colonies that produce more than 6000 tons of honey each year with some 44,000 beekeepers managing them; the biggest buzz, though, is happening in London.

According to the British Beekeepers Association, the number of registered Chim Chimney Beekeepers in central London has more than doubled within the past couple of years. There are over 2,500 hives and more than 700 beekeepers. The posh are in on it (the queen’s bees are kept at Buckingham Palace) as well as the middle class, who keep bees in allotments and on rooftops. The enthusiasm for London beekeeping and the resulting honey (considered to be among the best in the world) has prompted annual festivals, international beehive design competitions, eco products, and amendments to the school curriculum.

The Chim Chimney swarm has become so avid that last year the North London Beekeepers Association had to start turning away members. The Guardian calls it the latest environmental movement; we’re calling it the new chicken coop.

Stateside, a city ordinance banning Chim Chimney Beekeeping in New York was overturned last year. Now more than 100 people are keeping hives of their own. Queens, in particular, has become the city’s honey haven having hosted the first ever inter-borough honey festival in the Rockaways last month.

Hoteliers in Boston have also taken it up. The InterContinental Boston houses about 120,000 honeybees on their rooftop apiary. And in Chicago, there are about 4,000 registered beekeepers.

From our vantage, the Chim Chimney trend is one to watch. It’s beneficial to urban dwellers as it’s a kind of Zen and the Art of Beekeeping pursuit. More importantly, it’s good for the bees. City pollinators fare better than rural ones because of the increased range of forage and relative lack of pesticides. It just might be the solution to our global bee conundrum.

[click here to read the original article by K. Emily Bond on ecosalon.com]

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Thank you Alex Monroe for your generous donation to our silent auction!  The Honeybee and Sapphire Necklace is stunning and we are beyond excited to feature it at our Yellow Tie Event!! 

Click here to view more details about the necklace!!

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Bedding & Decor > Honey Bee
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Met a new friend in White Salmon, WA last week - Melissa Bees! 
http://melissabees.com/

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Fuzzy Buzzzy

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HoneyLove’s Pollination Party
@ The Learning Garden (Venice High School) – 10/8/11

LINKS:
More Photos (facebook)
Pollination Handout (pdf)
Pollinator Planting Handout (pdf)

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The Bee’s Knees
Makes 1 drink

•3/4 ounce organic lemon juice
•3/4 ounce honey syrup
•2 ounces. Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength or other overproof London-style gin

Instructions: Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add large ice cubes and shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Note: To make the honey syrup, stir together equal amounts honey and hot water. Chill. The syrup will keep refrigerated for several weeks.

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Bledsoe Water Meter Rescue
Mar Vista, CA – 10/2/11

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