Honey made in Queens, NYC

8 Nov

This project was successfully funded on Kickstarter.com! Thanks for your support!

I live in Astoria, Queens, in an apartment where you can walk out onto the flat roof from the kitchen window.

The roof is about 500 sq. ft, and I have been lucidly visualizing this barren roof as a green roof.

This began as a simple post on Facebook by a friend —
just finished the first of three beekeeping 101 classes and it was totally awesome and inspiring. Does anyone have a roof I could borrow to keep some hives?
This post then lead to an initial meeting yesterday, in which we discussed the plan and how we will proceed.

It opened up a whole new world of beekeeping for me — I never knew this was possible in an urban setting like Queens, NY.

Turns out, it is very possible. I also didn’t know it was just legalized in NYC back in March 2010.

Schedule and Milestones:

Nov 2010 – Feb 2011:
Take courses in beekeeping, Plan green-roof
Visit sites with hives, such as Queens County Farm and Added Value
Get funding, investors, support
Join NY Beekeeper’s Association and go to Beekeeping Meetups
File for NYC Beekeeping Permit

March 2011:
Prepare / Green the roof (or at least put in a bunch of flower boxes)
Get composter and rainwater collector
Order bees and supplies

April 2011 – ongoing:
Get the hive going, inspect the hive from time to time, make sure they are built up to survive the winter

Wait, inspect
Wait, inspect
Wait, inspect

Sometime in 2012 or 2013, when the hive is well established, we will harvest the surplus honey.
Dividends for investors will be paid in honey.


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