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BORAGE: Beloved By Bees Everywhere -

“According to old wives’ tales, borage was sometimes smuggled into the drink of  prospective husbands to give them the courage to propose marriage.” -Mary Campbell, A Basket of Herbs

Borage is one of the very best bee plants. It’s an annual herb that prefers to be grown in full sun. The edible flowers have a delicate cucumber flavor and make a pretty garnish. 

Its nickname is “bee’s bread” because of its nectar-rich blue flowers. It refills with nectar every two minutes, which is amazingly fast. No wonder bees love it!

Borage has been cultivated since the 15th century. In folklore, this lovely herb was thought to bring courage to the heart. Whether in a border or in an herb garden, borage is a gift of love to your bees! 

[click here to read the original post on romancingthebee.com]

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B-up!

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ARTICLE: San Diego deregulates urban agriculture

San Diego has joined the urban agriculture movement…

The changes bring San Diego in line with more progressive Northern California cities and toward the forefront of the urban agriculture movement sweeping the nation, backers of the revisions say.

“There were a lot of pretty prohibitive rules in the city of San Diego,” said Judy Jacoby, founder of the nonprofit San Diego Community Garden Network. “This is a big step forward.”

The changes came on a unanimous vote that Councilwoman Lorie Zapf called regulatory relief and Councilman Todd Gloria called common sense.

“It’s going to add to the quality of life in our city,” Gloria said after the Jan. 31 council session.

“As we become denser and more vertical in our communities, were going to need more opportunities to expand urban agriculture and grow our own food where we can,” Zapf said…

“We’re trying to bring San Diego into line with a lot of other cities,” Eric Robinson, of the 450-strong San Diego Beekeeping Society , told the City Council. “Humans have been beekeeping for 5,000 years. This is nothing new.”

…“It’s all part of the healthy food movement and also part of the food justice movement,” she said. “It’s the convergence of a lot of events, but there is an effort to make sure that more people have access to healthy, fresh food.”

[click here to read the full article on healthycal.org]

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VIDEO: Pollinator Partnership’s Dr. Mark Moffett on The Colbert Report! ?

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See you TOMORROW at the BEEKEEPER’S RALLY in Mar Vista!!
? Group photo at 10:30am – Remember to wear your bee-suits!!

Address: Venice and Grand View, Mar Vista CA 90066
Additional event details on: Meetup / Facebook

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KICKSTARTER: Honeybees Children’s Book: How to Save Our Food
A Children’s Book project in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Chris Hall

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by LA Street Artist Bumblebee

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We are 4/4 so far!!

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION:
http://www.change.org/petitions/legalize-urban-beekeeping-in-los-angeles-2

LA Neighborhood Councils that officially support our urban beekeeping motion so far!! ?
1. Mar Vista (11/8/11) – Letter of Support (pdf)
2. Del Rey (12/8/11)
3. Greater Griffith Park (1/17/12)
4. South Robertson (1/19/12)

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

[via Eco-Vision Sustainable Learning Center]

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“I’ve been searching for power-packed smoothie supplements to get me through the winter doldrums, and bee pollen keeps making an appearance in “superfood” lists. I finally picked up a small bottle from the honey stand at my local farmer’s market. Curious about these golden granules? Read on.

Bee pollen (not to be confused with airborne pollen, which causes allergies and hay fever) is what results when honeybees pick up flower pollen granules, mix them with regurgitated honey or nectar, and pack them into “baskets” on their hind legs to take back to the hive. Due to their impressive nutritional profile, bee pollen pellets have a serious superfood reputation. A tablespoonful of bee pollen contains about 45 calories and consists of 35% protein, 55% carbohydrate, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins. Bee collected pollen also reportedly contains 8 flavonoids, at least 11 carotenoids, vitamins C, E, all the Bs, all free amino acids, minerals, more than 100 enzymes and several growth regulators.

Because of this, bee pollen is best consumed raw to preserve as many nutrients as possible. The taste varies according to the type of flower the pollen came from (obviously), but in general bee pollen tends to have a slightly sweet, slightly floral taste…”

[click here to read the full post on thekitchn.com]

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