I’m starting Mad Urban Bees LLC, one of the first urban apiaries in the country. This honey is from the flowers, trees, parks, and gardens of Madison itself. And I need your help to make that happen.
What are you going to use this fundraising for?
I’m using Kickstarter to raise the money to buy hives, bees, queens, and equipment. I’m a beekeeper of 5 years. I have two hives in my backyard, however I am looking to expand that to 40-50 next spring. My hives will be hosted by local businesses and residents of the Madison metropolitan area. My bees will be pollinating the gardens and flowers of the city itself. This honey is unique to Madison, a truly artisanal, unique honey.
Where are your hives located?
My hives are hosted in the city of Madison itself: in backyards, back lots, and on rooftops. My hosts are bee advocates--they are people who want bees in the city and understand the benefit that bees bring to our ecosystem in urban food landscape.
There are actually a lot of urban beekeepers in Madison, and we are a pretty pro-bee town. Madison also has a very strong local food movement. I’m really excited about being a part of that.
Why do you keep bees in he city?
Bees thrive in the city. They actually can do better in the city than in the country. Cities have so many flowering trees, gardens, and ornamental flowers. They have such a wonderful variety of nectar and pollen to choose from. Madison also has a longer growing season than the surrounding farmland.
What do the bees eat in the city?
Everything. They eat pollen and nectar from basswood, apple and crabapple trees, dandelions, creeping charlie, bergamot, sedum, asters, mint, oregano, roses, and so many others. And this variety of sources really improves the health of the bees and the taste of the honey.
What kind of honey is it?
People ask me, "What kind of honey is this?" I tell them, “its everything that’s blooming when the bees are around. Its honeysuckle, goldenrod, vegetables in the garden, crab apple blossoms, even dandelions.”
How does the honey taste?
My honey has a unique flavor that is light, floral, and spicy. It also changes with the seasons. I plan to extract honey from my hives several times a year to showcase the changing of the seasons and flavors in the honey.
What are the benefits to urban honey?
For people who use honey to combat their allergies, this is a great product. The urban honey contains the pollen from flowers and trees in the neighborhoods where they live. It's hard to get more local than that. You are also helping pollinate your garden and you neighbors' garden. You are helping the city grow and thrive.
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