2. Urban beekeeping in Chicago
After learning to tend to bee hives in Eugene, Ore., last summer, Jana Kinsman returned home to Chicago eager to take up her new hobby in the Windy City. With no yard of her own, Kinsman contacted local urban farms and gardens to see if they would host hives that she would maintain and found that many were interested. And, as a car-free, year-round bicyclist, she determined that the most eco-friendly way to travel from hive to hive was by bike, hauling a bike trailer that would carry her supplies.
All honey harvested from Kinsman’s Bike a Bee program will be sold throughout Chicago, giving residents a way to support local bee populations and enjoy fresh local honey.
Kinsman has already raised the $7,000 she initially requested on Kickstarter for the supplies to launch the project, including the hive boxes, bike trailer and bees themselves. But because her campaign still has a few days left before it expires, Kinsman is accepting additional donations to fund a beekeeping education program for local youth.