When beekeeping was made legal in New York last March, other municipalities across the country followed suit. Cities like Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City joined in and lifted their beekeeping bans, and ever since, interest in urban beekeeping, beekeeping classes and clubs has surged. It seems everyone wants a hive of their own!
The New York Times recently reported on this enthusiasm for beekeeping, attributing it to "the growing desire for homegrown and organic food," the "complex...urge to stem the worrisome decline in the nation's bee population," as well as the desire to nurture flowers, fruits and vegetables.
But just because certain cities have lifted the restriction on keeping bees, it doesn't mean that there aren't regulations. Some cities impose conditions on potential beekeepers like an annual fee, a permit, a minimum required distance between hives and nearby homes. Minneapolis is particularly stringent. Beekeepers there must pay an annual $100 fee, and obtain signatures from all the neighbors within a 100-foot radius of the hives, with 80 percent of the signatures needed for neighbors within a 300-foot radius.
But that's not stopping people. Ms. Wong, a Los Angeles beekeeper, likens it to "having 35,000 pets" — it's not something she can live without now!
Read the whole article at The New York Times.
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