I love that it is only 6 o’clock on a Tuesday and I am already in my NYC apartment (and by my I mean the friend’s studio I am crashing), listening to John Coltrane and cooking up some Cuban food. Back in my D.C. nine to five days I would have just been wrapping up at work, not due home — and nowhere near dinner being ready — for another two hours. Now I’m home, showered, errands run, and am about to sit down to eat with a glass of wine. Man, it’s good to be a farmer. 🙂
So far I have worked with some great people and accomplished three major things I didn’t expect to do in the middle of Brooklyn. I am going to keep the suspense running though and only post one of those three things at a time. So today, here’s the first dope thing I’ve learned to do in BK:
Beekeeping: Working with Bees & Honey – I never imagined I’d find myself right across from a corner store, in an empty lot-turned-garden, in east Brooklyn, wearing a beekeeper’s netted hat, jumpsuit and elbow-length gloves. But that’s where I found myself today while learning how to tend to a beehive with thousands of bees in it. Here’s my mini-lesson on beekeeping: Bees take pollen from flowers to make honey inside their beehive, they build that beehive using beeswax, they usually find their own natural structure to build within (logs, tree trunks, etc) but beekeepers can build or buy boxes for them to build their honeycombs in. They build, they make honey, we check up on them (to ensure the Queen Bee is happy and healthy) and then harvest honey! You only need a few things to check the hive: protective gear (because you will be chillin’ with literally thousands of bees swarming around you); a smoker, which is just a device that blows a little smoke into the hive to calm the bees down while you mess with their home (smoke makes them think there is a fire and so they go into “save mode” and start eating as much honey as they can which gives them a kind of food coma…like it’s Thanksgiving); and finally a tool that helps you pry open the hive and pull out the honeycomb frames (because those bees are serious about sealing up their honey).
Easy peasy! Who knew you could have 70,000 bees as pets and make your own honey right in the city?