Since 2012, Projects in Place has been keeping apiaries in an effort to strengthen bee populations, advance urban food security, and in turn foster a sense of connection between agriculture, food production and our daily lives. We also jar and sell a modest amount of honey to help with our fundraising.
On a hot Wednesday afternoon in July, we checked up on two of our hives. Beekeeper Garrett and his partner Emily have been keeping a watchful eye over the health and productivity of the hives which they check on weekly during the summer and less frequently in the winter months.
Here’s a tiny glimpse into the wonderful world of bees.
Preparing to smoke out the bees with some hay and newspaper. Bees think that there is a forest fire and instinctively begin gorging themselves on the stores of honey (like Vancouverites at a sushi buffet!). The smoke also masks certain pheromones which minimizes the bees’ attacking and stinging activity on beekeepers.
Interested in getting involved with beekeeping through PIPS? Contact us if you’re interested in letting us keep bees in your backyard or if you’d like to volunteer. Send us an email at email@example.com or sign up to stay informed of future projects here.