On Saturday, June 23, 2012 the Boston Beekeepers Club hosted the second annual Tour de Hives. A swarm of cyclists met at the Somerville Growing Center to hear Kagan Weeks of Hive at Your Home talk about his work and a demonstrate how to build a hive. He also mentioned that, even if you don’t keep bees, everyone can make environments for bees by planting bee-attracting gardens. Here is a guide I found that can help you with that. It’s always amazing to learn how many urban agriculture experts there are in the area, whether they are beekeepers, chicken keepers or farmers. And, not surprisingly, beekeepers like to talk about bees. The second stop on the tour was at the residence of Noah Wilson-Rich of Best Bees, who explained that he is a beekeeper and scientist working on the problem of disappearing bees. As the group tightly packed in his small yard, his Italian honey bees flew in and out of their hive without disturbing the listeners. Wilson-Rich explained that they are not aggressive, talked a bit about his work and answered questions. He will be featured at TedxBoston and the video should appear within the next month. If you want to learn more about beekeeping, you can also connect with the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association, whose main theme is “beekeepers helping beekepers.” There was also a stop across the river at Boston University and you can watch a great video about their apiary here. In the end, the peleton landed at the Museum of Science where they are showcasing “a glassed-in beehive that allows visitors to observe bees in their natural setting.” Cooooool. I also discovered that National Geographic has a great kid’s webpage explaining why bees are so important. We are lucky to have all these wonderful local resources, since beekeeping requires some technical knowledge and is such an important environmental issue. After learning all about it, I definitely get what all the buzz is about!

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