Monday, August 17, 2009

Bee Culture Seeks City Beekeepers

Hi all -- this comes from "Catch the Buzz," an emailed publication from Kim Flottum at Bee Culture: This ezine is also available online at

If you are a city beekeeper, your time in the limelight may have arrived!

PLEASE NOTE: EMAIL IS CORRECT in the version below:


Help Us Celebrate Urban Bees, and Urban Beekeepers
Bee Culture Magazine and want to celebrate the incredible explosion of City Beekeepers. We want all urban dwellers with beehives and beesuits, with hive tools and smokers, with supers and covers and frames galore to stand and be counted, to be recognized and noticed. We want everyone that uses five frame, eight frame, ten frame or top bar hives to raise their hands to the sky and shout! We want every and all of America’s backyard, roof top, window box, fire escape, empty lot, and anywhere else in the city honey makers to join the hive and let the world know you’re alive. Let’s get everyone with every hive, in every large or small, crowded or sparse asphalt landscape around the towns and the cities, the suburbs and gardens of America’s everywhere and anywhere to share what they do, show what they grow, and feel pride in their work, their passion and their hobby. It’s no matter if you just started out or are already seasoned in city bees. And if it’s not Kosher to keep bees where you are, we won’t tell, we won’t share because we don’t care…we want the world to know there are thousands who are working to make the bees at home. Thousands who want only the bees, only the peace, only the gentle gift of helping things grow. Thousands who are part of the larger citybee community. Thousands!

If this is you, if this is your time, send us a photo, a gift to share with those who share with you , and especially those who haven't yet but want to. Send a high quality photo, 50 or so well chosen words about your specific, or general location and operation…depending on you and your neighbors and the law of the land where you are. We need contact information so we can get back to you (an email is just fine) if there’s a question so we get it right the first time. Please send all this to Dan Shapley, the Editor and web and guru at at He’s a whiz at making all this work. When you send your photos and descriptions, you give The Daily Green and Bee Culture the right to publish the material and share it with its partners. For details, visit

It’s time for the bees. Help us show what you do and how you do it. It’s only for those who have, and those who want bees. Join the Community of UrbanBees. Be part of the Revolution. UrbanBees Now!

This message brought to you by Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping


Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

I read this email last night with great interest. I really want to hear from city beekeepers because I'm thinking about keeping a beehive in my backyard next year and I want to know about people's experiences.

Beekeeping for Beginners said...

The daily green is one of my fav places to visit nearly ever day its always good to see another mention of it. Plus your blog points out a lot of key interests. I am still surprised to see how many urben beekeepers there are around here in this area. It is really spreading!

Anonymous said...

i was wondering if there is any way to keep bees on the terrace ... it would be great to get some guidance in this line... thanks!

Phang said...

Finding the right site in an urban or suburban setting is, of course, the first question when you decide you are interested in city beekeeping. I talk about this a little in my post at

It is very important to provide a water source so bees do not seek water in neighbors' pools and bird baths, etc., and to place your hives out of casual view.

It seems like you might be in a very different climate that we have here, so you should be sure to connect with experienced beekeepers from somewhere nearby to identify any special local requirements!