May 23, 2009

Got a flat roof? Put some bees on it!

Inspiring: the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. just put 105,000 Italian honeybees on its roof. Via MNN:

…The bees will enhance the hotel’s culinary program by providing honey and pollinating the fresh herbs and edible flowers in the Fairmont’s interior courtyard garden. 

Executive Sous Chef Ian Bens and Executive Pastry Chef Aron Weber, who share the responsibility of chief beekeeper, expect to retrieve 300 pounds of honey within in the first year…
…the Fairmont Hotel’s choice to put hives on the rooftop helps support bee populations, which have suffered in recent years from colony collapse disorder and other problems.
“Many pollinating bees have disappeared due to habitat loss and pollution. Creating these new hives helps keep the bee population healthy and helps to ensure that plants are pollinated, which is also essential for insects, birds and animals to survive.  Eventually, The Fairmont hopes to use the honeycomb to create candles, soaps and even lip balm”, states Executive Sous Chef and Bee Keeper Ian Bens…
…for the rest, go to MNN.
So how do you make like Fairmont and get some bees, put ’em on your roof, and keep ’em alive, and get their yummy honey? Go to Backyardhive.com. We interviewed these folks awhile back, but the video’s been deleted by Brightcove. We’ll reupload it when and if we find it. 
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