beekeeping


V.20 No.20 | 5/19/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Do It Yourself, Honey

Urban farmers take living well into their own hands

By Christie Chisholm

A colony of 80,000 bees holds enough sting to kill youactually, it holds enough to kill about 80 of you. But sitting a few feet away from a hive that’s nearly as tall as she is, Chantal Foster is unfazed as yellow-and-black honeybees whiz by on a pollen-fueled highway. Maybe it’s because, with rare exception, the potentially deadly flying insects seem to have no interest in her. The bees are on a mission, and it’s about getting frisky with flowers, not ferocious with humans.

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