[Santa_Cruz_Permaculture] YOUTUBE America's only urban beekeeping store on rescuing honeybees
Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
lakinroe at silcom.com
Mon Jan 2 13:02:29 PST 2012
America's only urban beekeeping store on rescuing honeybees
Bryon Waibel runs what he believes is the world's only urban beekeeping
store. It's called Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper and Waibel, who uses
the handle 006, does seem to believe that he/ the store/ urban
beekeepers are serving a cause.
"It would not surprise me at all if the future of the honeybee itself is
in urban beekeeping," he says, "It would not surprise me at all."
For those not familiar with the problem with bees, the threat is Colony
Collapse Disorder: a phenomenon wherehoneybees worldwide are
disappearing. No one knows the cause though some point to a combination
of pests and environmental pathogens like pesticides and GM crops.
The secret of urban bees
Waibel thinks the solution could be urban bee hives and he's not alone.
French beekeeper's association Unaf found that urban bees are up to four
times as productive as their rural cousins because they have a wider
variety of plant life for pollination and aren't exposed to pesticides
like their country counterparts.
It seems the plight of the bees has politicized urban homesteaders to do
their part. "Urban beekeeping I would say it's increased at least 3 or 4
fold over the last 3 years." And he says this jump in beekeeping
enthusiasm merged neatly with press coverage of Colony Collapse Disorder
and increased public perception in the importance of honeybees.
Langstroth hives and mead-making goods
To arm all these newly recruited urban warriors, Her Majesty's Secret
Beekeeper sells beekeeping supplies like protective suits, combs and
hives, mostly Langstroth equipment ("The standard equipment in the
United States... named after the Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth who used
the discovery of beespace to invent this moveable frame hive.")
In this video, Waibel gives us a tour of the store's supplies (which
include hyperlocal honey, beeswax soap and cosmetics and mead- (honey
wine) making equipment. He also talks about how, to his surprise, his
personal urban bee hives are doing better than those of his father in
Michigan farm country.
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