Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Urban beekeepers! Chicago Honey Co-op produces honey from its apiary based on the west side of the city.
The co-op members have been tending their chemical free beehives for the past five years in the interest of creating a more sustainable beekeeping practice. Every beekeeper loses a portion of their hives each year and typically replaces them with bees from warmer climates because of their longer beekeeping season. The Chicago Honey Co-op is hoping to break out of that cycle by raising their own honey bee queens and supplying them to other local beekeepers. This is, however, an expensive endeavor. If you are interested in donating to help finance their goal you can do so here. You can also help by purchasing the honey products in their shop. I haven't gotten to try any of their honey yet, but I hope to soon!