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Singapore: Urban farms – Get up close to a beehive and sip on farm-to-table drinks on rooftop

The Sundowner founder Clarence Chua, 37, with red dwarf honey bees at his urban farm atop a Siglap shophouse on Nov 8, 2020.St Photo: Kevin Lim

The Sundowner Rooftop Farm Experience

By Clara Lock
Straits Times
Dec 21, 2020

Excerpt:

From behind a netted hood, we watch as Mr Chua explains bee behaviour, such as huddling together when they sense rain so as to protect the comb, or fanning their wings at the entrance of a hive to regulate the temperature within.

A honey-tasting session opens our eyes to the tastes, textures and colours of honey from around the world, from the warm, caramel notes of blue gum from Australia, to the woody and resinous dark amber pine honey from the Mediterranean.

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December 27, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore: Urban farms – Get up close to a beehive and sip on farm-to-table drinks on rooftop

Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees

(Emily Chung/CBC)

She noted that most wild bees are solitary and some are only active and able to collect food for two or three weeks of the year, so competition from a hive of 100,000 honeybees can be a huge problem.

By Emily Chung
CBC News
Aug 07, 2020

Excerpt:

Urban beekeeping has been touted as a way to boost pollination and improve sustainability, food security and biodiversity in cities. Many people and businesses who’ve added beehives to their backyards and rooftops (including CBC) say they’re doing it to help fight declines in bee populations.

But researchers say urban beekeepers are likely doing just the opposite when it comes to wild bee species.

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August 9, 2020   Comments Off on Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees

Dripping Slow and Sweet, Four New Books About Honey and Bees

One by one, Doroghy makes all the mistakes a rookie beekeeper possibly could, and he recounts his failures here with a humility that borders on self-flagellation.

By Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
New York Times
July 17, 2020

The Shortlist:

John Gall
HONEY AND VENOM
Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper
By Andrew Coté
295 pp. Ballantine. $27.

I will never eat bananas near a beehive. The mere thought is enough to set lively scenes from Coté’s book replaying in my mind’s eye. Bananas contain a chemical that resembles the substance in honeybees’ alarm scent, so the resulting encounter could turn nasty.

Coté’s book is full of facts like this, interwoven with anecdotes from his life as an urban beekeeper. And we’re not just talking one or two beehives in a backyard here: Coté tends hundreds of hives throughout New York City, high on rooftops, in parks and gardens. He also travels the world to talk about beekeeping.

Month by month we accompany Coté through the key events in a beekeeper’s calendar, as he weaves in stories from his life. Coté’s relationship with his father, who initiated his son into the mysteries of these hard-working hexapods, is described with great affection. His journey to urban beekeeping is brought to life as he recounts often funny or bizarre situations — like rescue operations that involved swarms of bees that saw fit to set up house in a church tower or on a traffic light in New York City’s most exclusive shopping district.

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July 22, 2020   Comments Off on Dripping Slow and Sweet, Four New Books About Honey and Bees

Local urban farmer featured on ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’

Samantha Foxx, of Mother’s Finest Urban Family Farms, holds Chanel, a silkie chicken, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at in Winston-Salem. Allison Lee Isley/Journal

She plans to expand beehives around the Winston-Salem area and set up virtual classes and educational opportunities to let more people know about the benefits of apiaries, collections of beehives.

By Tim Clodfelter
Winston-Salem Journal
July 8, 2020

Excerpt:

Foxx, a former celebrity makeup artist, is the founder of Mother’s Finest Urban Farm, a 2½-acre farm in Winston-Salem that serves the local community. She became interested in urban farming after taking a class at the Cooperative Extension Service, telling the Journal last year that “I really love the freedom. This gives me the flexibility for raising my kids, and it’s something I can do with my family.”

She grows vegetables and herbs, raises chickens, keeps bees, and makes products that are sold at farmer’s markets, including elderberry syrup, fire tonic, handmade soap, tea, and more.

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July 10, 2020   Comments Off on Local urban farmer featured on ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’

Meet the Inspiring Woman Behind Charlotte’s Buzziest Farm

Instagram/Mother’s Finest Urban Farm

Samantha Foxx, a master beekeeper, started Mother’s Finest Urban Farms three years ago in an effort to serve the local community, educate, and inspire people to look after the earth.

By Meghan Overdeep
Southern Living
June 10, 2020

Excerpt:

Samantha Foxx is uncomfortable with the idea of being considered a role model. But as a black woman, a mother, a master beekeeper, and the founder of a thriving 2.5-acre family farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, she’s a uniquely inspiring figure.

“I’m just a person with organized thoughts,” she explained to Southern Living. “I want to be myself.”

Foxx started Mother’s Finest Urban Farms three years ago in an effort to serve the local community, educate, and inspire people to look after the earth. Today, her farm has an ever-growing variety of bees, worms, chickens, mushrooms, and other produce with a successful retail line.

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June 17, 2020   Comments Off on Meet the Inspiring Woman Behind Charlotte’s Buzziest Farm

Sunshine and Pollen – The Life of Mason Bees

Share the story of the secret life of mason bees, as told by a mason bee!

Written by Monika Grunberg and illustrated by Alexandra Troop.
Green Mountain Press
2019

Follow a year in the life of a mason bee from egg to a mother bee as she builds her own nest. The story also includes mason bee raising steps and facts about honey bees and wild pollinators.
Sunshine and Pollen would make a wonderful story-time or children’s read-aloud book, and it’s also a great coffee table book for sparking conversations about bees. This book gets the coveted Crown Bees seal of approval for its accurate depiction of the mason bee’s life cycle.

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June 1, 2020   Comments Off on Sunshine and Pollen – The Life of Mason Bees

Korea: City of Daejeon said Friday it will operate city bee farms on the rooftops of four government buildings

The city plans to produce acacia and wildflower honey

Korea Bizwire
May 4, 2020

The city of Daejeon said Friday it will operate city bee farms on the rooftops of four government buildings until July.

Bee farms will be set up on the rooftops of Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall, the Institute of Health and Environment of Daejeon Metropolitan City, Chungnam National University and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute.

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May 9, 2020   Comments Off on Korea: City of Daejeon said Friday it will operate city bee farms on the rooftops of four government buildings