A Long Overdue Update!
It has been a very hot and very busy summer! When I last updated you, we had all of our hive equipment built, and were getting ready to distribute the hives to their new community garden homes. How did that go, you ask? Well, my friend Brandon at Chicago Cargo was a huge help! Steve Vance over at GRID Chicago wrote a follow up article about our beehive bicycle delivery!
Shortly thereafter, Brandon and I also installed the packages of bees. All of the packages took well to their new homes, and since then, we've had a very successful start to the first year of Bike·a·Bee! Here are some highlights:
• We lost one queen bee, but the worker bees made a new one. The hive is doing fine now!
• My new intern/partner Jillian and I captured a swarm of bees with the help of the Chicago Honey Co-op.
• I visited the beehives up at True Nature Foods in Edgewater.
• With the help of your funds, I purchased a $40 observation hive and have been working with Truck Farm Chicago to educate children on the importance of bees! I also visited the Gary Comer Youth Center to talk with their Green Teens about beekeeping. This education aspect is really taking off; It's the most exciting and energizing thing I have been doing with my time lately. Spreading the honeybee love cannot be beat!
• And TODAY, with the help of Chicago Cargo again, I picked up a 4-frame honey extractor!
As you can see, Facebook is a great place to keep tabs on what Bike·a·Bee's been up to. Please head on over there to "Like" us!
As you can ALSO see, we'll have some honey soon! You backers who supported at the upper levels get first dibs. Those rewards are coming out soon, I promise, most likely with the first honey harvest in August.
Dear kind backers, not a day passes where I don't think about your rewards. They say crime doesn't pay, and neither does beekeeping. So, I've been busy trying to stay personally financially afloat, working illustration and graphic design jobs in addition to my weekly beekeeping duties. Your patience has been critical!
Now that the bees are rockin' steady, more updates to come. Stay tuned!
Jana (+ the bees!)
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