More and more people are considering the food that they put into their bodies and how those choices also effect the environment. People are learning about how their food is made, where it comes from, and what effect it has on their bodies. And now we are also learning about how we can participate in the process of making a greener world while we create better food for ourselves.
So let’s look at a project that is starting in Amsterdam called City Hives. The idea is to crowdsource honey. City Hives asks urban city dwellers to cooperatively nurture bee populations that will produce local, urban honey by providing them with the tools, support, and network to maintain successful bee colonies.
Basically, a functioning bee colony is home to about 60,000 bees. And to host the bees, keep them healthy and gather their honey requires training and equipment – training and equipment that City Hives will provide to program participants in exchange for pooling their hive’s output with other City Hives participants to sell in the city (at the moment, just Amsterdam Honey).
A single hive can produce more than 100 pounds of honey, which isn’t enough to go into business for one’s self or commit to harvesting honey on a regular basis, but if enough people participate in the City Hives program, even urban populations will be able to purchase local honey.
What are the City Hives goals? “As a City Beekeeper, you can get training and low-cost equipment from City Hives, rebuild bee populations, contribute to research to prevent bee disease and start a lovely new hobby.” You can read more about the entire program here.
The website is still in development, but I’m hoping that they receive the support they need soon. I think it’s a great way to build community while also helping the environment and our local menus.
Does this sound like a good project for crowdfunded support? What do you think about the bee disappearance phenomenon?