Urban beekeeping on two wheels: Bike-a-Bee
Start a beekeeping business in the city? Seems like a bit of a pipe dream, doesn’t it? After all, you need space for lots of beehives, and that means you need a big piece of land. Doesn’t it?
Not necessarily. You could place beehives at spots around a city: private and public gardens, urban farms, or even vacant lots. You could even build a community of greenspace owners that need the services of bees, and would be happy to host a hive or two. Of course, you’d have to travel from hive to hive to collect honey, but you could do that with a car – or a bike.
Bike-a-Bee is based on that latter concept: founder Jana Kinsman spent time at an urban apiary in Oregon that used the distributed model outlined above, but moved between hives in a truck. A dedicated cyclist, Jana decided she didn’t need to add a vehicle to her possessions to realize her dream of a honey-based community in the Windy City: she could just pedal between hive locations. She’s already proven she could do this in a Chicago winter – if you don’t believe her, check out the pictures.
The concept also mean that Jana can launch her initiative for a lot less money, so the Kickstarter project she’s created isn’t seeking a ton of start-up capital: a mere $7,000 (which she’s almost reached, with another seventeen days to go). Take a look at the video above, and if you find yourself inspired by Jana’s vision, consider kicking a few bucks; you could easily be the donor who pushes her over the mark.
Know of other interesting models for keeping bees in unlikely places? Share them with us in the comments.
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