Raising Bees in the City: A Hands-on Guide

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Beekeeper Jim Fischer and a fallen bee tree in need of rescuing.

Beekeeping used to be illegal in New York City, but since it was legalized 2010 it has has become increasingly popular, with beehives popping up on city rooftops and in backyards and community gardens. Beekeeper James Fischer tells us how beekeeping in the city works, the life cycle of honeybees, what is killing them off, and why urban beekeeping might be helpful in preventing this loss. Fischer teaches the “Absolutely Free Beekeeping Course.”