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Hives in the City: Keeping Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World
Hives in the City tells the story of urban beekeepers working in the cities of the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. They keep their bees in surprising locations -- sometimes with surprisingly good results. But just as in other locations, bees in the cities often struggle. This book includes anecdotes about urban beekeeping, urban honey, research on Colony Collapse Disorder, ...more
Paperback, first, 321 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by Croydon Hill
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This is a book you should read if 1) you know something (and care) about what is happening to the honey bees and 2)you realize that, bees being pollinators for so much of the food we eat, our welfare is intertwined with theirs. Like any good book on science or social science, Alison Gillespie's tells you what you must know; in this case, what is happening to honey bees (and other bees), what we know about the "why", and what we can do to turn things around. But unlike many of those books, this o ...more
I have watched bees with a curious amazement my whole life. There's just something magical about them. But I've noticed that there are fewer bees and butterflies visiting the flowers in my urban-suburban backyard each year. What happened to them all? What can we do about it? In her award-winning debut novel, Alison Gillespie provides a rich narrative both on the plight of the honey bee and how urban bee keepers are on the front lines of trying to keep the species alive and healthy. I had no idea ...more
This is an inspirational book (as opposed to a how-to book) about urban beekeeping. I'm not a beekeeper myself, but any urban or suburban dweller with an interest in the craft food movement and the inventive ways people find to incorporate the regular experience of nature into city living will find the personalities in this book interesting. The chapter on New York City beekeepers alone is worth the price of the book. The chapter on Baltimore highlights facts about that town that few non-residen ...more
This book is very informative and breaks everything down very nicely. As someone who farms and gardens it was nice to "hear" that what I have been doing with my garden as actually correct for the bees, even when you see them you are not sure you are helping.