Rooftop bees, like those kept by Yeshwant Chitalkar in Brooklyn, N.Y., were illegal up until very recently.
New York City, Denver, Cleveland, Minneapolis ... the world of urban beekeeping is expanding at a rapid rate, as cities legalize beekeeping. That has beekeepers and beehives popping up on rooftops, balconies, backyards, community gardens, front porches and in city centers in more and more places.
Common political sense and a strong desire to be a part of the urban environment have finally changed outdated and unbalanced regulations ... but not everywhere. (See photos of beekeepers in illegal and recently legalized cities.)
Having bees is still forbidden in many places. Sometimes for good, but too often for unreasonable reasons. Its not only Cary, N.C., or Akron, Ohio that cant see the benefits of bees.
Bee Culture magazine, and The Daily Green want to identify those beeless places and see if we cant help them see the light but we need your help. If you know a county, town, city or place that outlaws bees, beekeepers and beekeeping let us know.
Send your name, city and state to me at kim@BeeCulture.com along with a photo of a beekeeper doing business there, anyway, and a short description of the situation and well post the list for the world to see. Put NO BUZZ ZONE in the subject line.
Help us help stranded and abandoned beekeepers in those lost places. Lets put an end to every NO BUZZ ZONE once and for all!
And if you're ready to get started with your own urban hives, check out these 5 questions for first-time urban beekeepers.
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