It’s hard to dislike honey. It’s sweet, and it’s natural. However, hives across North America have been failing, and local farmers lack bees to pollinate their fields. Even backyard gardeners are getting concerned, and they’re encouraging native mason bees to nest in their yards in the hopes of getting some free pollination for their fruit and vegetable crops.
Into this delicious and worrying mix comes Brian Campbell, a long-time food gardener and food sharing advocate. Campbell has started a local honey CSA called Blessed Bee Honey. CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture. What does this mean? You pay for a share of honey, you get some of the honey that he produces. Buy a marginally more expensive share and you and yours can get a tour of the hives. Propolis, wax, and pollen are also for sale.
Beekeeping is becoming more and more popular in urban areas. Even City Hall in Vancouver is lining up to get bees on the rooftop. Campbell is also looking for people to host a hive or two in their yards. Perhaps it’s time to strike a sweet deal?