Folks buzzed around town celebrating NYC Honey Week, which took place September 8-14. To participate in the festivities, we hosted an Urban Ecology Lecture Series along with several Apiary Tours. The lecture was held on Wednesday, September 10 and welcomed approximately 54 guests who listened to Tim O’Neal, an NYC public school biology teacher who maintains and consults on hives throughout the city. With such wisdom comes much enlightenment. We’ve learned that after Hurricane Sandy, our city witnessed an increase in private green spaces such as urban gardens and farmer’s markets; honeybees are integral to our ecosystem as one-third of all crops in the world rely on honeybees as pollinators; and $20 billion dollars are added to our national economy through insect-pollinated crops such as fruits and vegetables.
Shelly Fank also joined Tim in discussing the role of honeybees in our urban communities and food systems, while fielding well-thought questions from the audience. Local harvested honey, Gowanus Gold, was also available for purchase following the event courtesy of Borough Bees, who gave Apiary Tours over the weekend. Kim and Olivia led a tour of 40 around our Gowanus beehives, where they performed a hive inspection, demonstrated how to maintain the hive and displayed honeycombs.
NYC Honey Week was a citywide festival celebrating the beauty that is the honeybee. These events and discussions are important because they bring awareness to the decreasing populations worldwide, which ultimately threatens our food systems.
For more information about our upcoming Urban Ecology Lecture Series, please visit our website.