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Urban beekeeping

Related to natural beekeeping, urban beekeeping is an attempt to revert to a less industrialized way of obtaining honey by utilizing small-scale colonies that pollinate urban gardens. Urban apiculture has undergone a renaissance in the 2000s. Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., are among beekeeping cities. Urban beekeeping is commonly practiced in areas that have a pesticide ban. This includes Paris, as well as 156 municipalities in Canada and 3 of 10 Canadian provinces.

Legal issues[]

Before you start keeping bees in a city, you need to find out whether it is legal where you live. If you have doubts, call your city hall or try finding a local beekeeping group. Depending on your location, you might also need a permit, license, registration, and will need to have inspections of your beehive. So be sure you know the local law regarding beekeeping well!

Until 2010, beekeeping was banned in New York City and punishable with a $2,000 fine. Beekeeping was illegal in Vancouver until 2003, for example, but by 2010 there were bees on the roof of Vancouver City Hall.

Where to keep your bees?[]

It's important to choose the location well. If you don't have a yard, you can try keeping a hive in a garage, a shed or on the back porch. If you keep them in a more remote location, be sure it's close enough to carry whatever you need when you need to be there. Bees also need protection from animals, vandals and sunlight.



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