RE: beekeeping in community gardens
- Subject: RE: [cg] beekeeping in community gardens
- From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
- Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 10:43:58 -0500
a pleasure showing you through the Clinton Community Garden earlier this month
and showing you our beehive. Sid Glazer, a retired NYC Public School
teacher, learned beekeeping in the Peace Corps and now maintains hives at the
Clinton Community Garden in Manhattan and Wave Hill in the Bronx.
. E-mail me off list, and I'll get you
Sid's contact information :
answer your questions:
How does beekeeping effect the image
or strength of gardens? Are they a symbol, a point of community
organization and pride?
within our native American plant bed, the Clinton Community Garden's
beehive serves as a symbol of what neighborhoods can do. An older visitor, who
remembered when the Arsenal Gang and the Westies used to dump bodies (or their
parts) in the site that became our garden, was reduced to tears at what we had
done with the space over 25 years. The large, former longshoreman stood looking
at the beehive and plantings in a state of dazed reverence. The new folks
don't know what the place was - he couldn't believe what it has become. A
flourishing beehive means a healthy micro-ecosystem. No less. It helps us
maintain an organic garden.
does it interface with zoning codes? Fear of bee stings?
specifically zoned for bees, we have kept a beehive at the Clinton Community
Garden with the permission of the NYC Parks Dept ( we have our license agreement
with them.) As we are surrounded by residences in Midtown Manhattan, we
proactively deal with swarming, and have chosen to use non-agressive
European honey bees varieties to stock our hive. We have found that one
hive ( with 6 collecting chambers) is just the right size for our third of an
acre garden. We also show newbies the hive, and instruct folks with
children to be careful and to act with common sense. It has worked with
How big are harvests? How
average between 80 - 90 pounds per annual harvest. Sometimes, we have a spring
harvest, but that is rare. We sell our honey as a fundraiser in the fall,
keeping a few jars around for Parks Dept VIPs, politicians and funders.
Do the bees deter "bad
thugs don't like bees, but that has to do more with the phobias of individuals. Fences, good
operating policies and a well run garden supported by the
community deter "bad elements" better
than anything else. Bee's work awfully hard. They aren't cops.
How are they used in education, job
training, business incubation?
The Clinton Community Garden's beehive (and
vermiculture worm bin) have appeared on a segment PBS television's "Wild
America" series. You can go to the PBS website to find out information on this
show and contact the producers for a videotape. School groups, birders and
everyday folks have their paradigms shifted by our beehive all the time -
located as it is a mere 8 blocks away from when the ball is dropped in Times
Square every New Year's eve.
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
I wrote the listserv in November re a thesis on NYC community
gardens. I appreciated the quality responses.
I am writing today to elicit information on beekeeping in urban
community gardens. I hope to gather contact info and names
of beekeepers, gardeners, zoning
professionals and others. I am exploring an analysis
of beekeeping (and perhaps other appropriate scale husbandry) in
urban community gardens.
Here are the questions I hope to address.
- How does beekeeping effect the image or strength of
gardens? Are they a symbol, a point of community organization
- How does it interface with zoning codes? Fear of bee stings?
- How big are harvests? How distributed?
- Do the bees deter "bad elements"?
- How are they used in education, job training, business incubation?
I would appreciate any insights and contacts. I am a beekeeper
and have previously raised pigs and chickens.
Masters in Urban Planning (Sept. 2003)
University of Buffalo
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