Raw, delicious and locally produced honey is not the only reason many of us are attracted to the idea of beekeeping. For a very long time, agriculture has recognized the value of pollination by honey bees. Without the pollination help from bees, over 100 large scale fruit and vegetable crops would suffer serious consequences or not exist at all. On a small scale, backyard beekeepers have expressed substantial improvements in their garden yields which result in more robust fruits, vegetables and flowers. Honey bees need our help and investment to survive. They are a major contributor to a sustainable food system, and you can help even on a small scale, like caring for a colony in your back yard or community garden.
The Best Bees Company, shows you that beehives can be set up in urban gardens, decks, yards, rooftops in your backyard or even at a corporate setting. Any space that is 1.5 ft. x 3 ft. And with proper set up and management, a colony of bees can thrive.
As a full-service beekeeping operation, The Best Bees Company was founded in 2010 by Noah Wilson-Rich, PhD, -- a behavioral ecologist, published author and honey bee advocate. The company is headquartered in Boston and made up of PhD's, beekeepers and student researchers, who sell beehives throughout select metro areas around the country including Chicago. A professional beekeeper will deliver, install and manage your beehive so you don't need to be concerned if you are a novice. Hive set-up and maintenance is done safely and responsibly, and The Best Bees Company uses only organic practices to ensure the health and well being of the colony. They can also custom design your beehive for your unique environment, teach you how to harvest your own honey and beeswax, or they can do it for you. Imagine your own colony of honey bees producing 10lb-20lbs. of pure local honey just in the first year!
The Best Bees Company has also recently launched a 501(c) 3 non profit called Urban Beekeeping Laboratory & Bee Sanctuary in Boston. The mission is to improve bee health by research and sponsoring beehives to communities in need. Learn more about their research and sponsoring a beehive at beesanctuary.org.
For new Chicago backyard beekeepers who do invest in a beehive from The Best Bees Company, we'd love to hear about your own experience and share your story and photos on our website. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a TED talk about urban beekeeping by The Best Bees Company founder Noah Wilson-Rich.
post by Ann Flood
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