Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Urban Beekeepers make us smile!

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Every Third Bite from meerkatmedia.org on Vimeo.

5 comments:

Mel said...

This did make me smile - thanks for sharing it! We have 2 hives on campus, and are hoping to grow to four next summer, if it goes well. The 'powers that be' have given the green light for 50 apple trees to be planted - half near the hives, half back by our big garden - so we're really excited. Have a good holiday, I hope you get to rest up and relax!

Anonymous said...

Hey- I am going to get on the computer and see if I can buy New York City Rooftop honey online! My sister in Hawaii is going to get a box of American food for the holidays, and I think she would love the local East Coast honey! Also going to send her lots of Amish homemade noodles and apple butter. I wonder if I can have bees on our barn roof? Gary is still leary about me wanting to put a bee hive next to our grape vines!.

Hope you had a restful holiday- we had turkey, apple pie, steamed sweet potatoes (we grew 'em!) and I also made Pennsylvania Dutch pickled purple eggs with beets and onions, which no one will touch but me- HA! Good for me!

Annalisa

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Annalisa - put bees next to your veggies! Roof bees are for people without a yard.

Anonymous said...

I get you- But if I put the bees on my barn roof it gives my neighbors something to talk about! Local interest stories are rare around my neck of the woods... I'd rather "bee" the town weirdo than a boring good for nothing lawn-mowing farm gal!

Going to try to take Gary's mom to the local "shoe house" which is in our own York County. Look up "Shoe House, York Pennsylvania" on google and enjoy the wackiness!

PS- My dad once dis-assembled a model T car in the 1930's and re-assembled it on top of his garage roof to advertise his mechanic business. People thought he was nuts, too! But it also advertised he knew how to put a car together in all kinds of conditions. It probably helped that he was drunk...I don't know if the car is still up on that roof, or if he took it down to drive home every day!

Annalisa

knitica said...

Fascinating! Interesting that several of the small beekeepers they spoke to blamed colony collapse at least partially on commercial beekeeping practices. I hadn't really seen that blamed before, other than the lack of food variety for bees that only pollinate huge single crops. I didn't realize that you could take too much honey, or that they then substituted corn syrup. I though bees either got to use pollen from flowers or were fed sugar water, I didn't know that some were given both, one for honey for us, and one for crappy honey for them.

So glad I've been eating only small farm local honey for at least 10 years now. It really does taste better! and apparently it's much better for the bees.

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