This post is hella late, but here are some pictures of a visit I took to Greensgrow Farms a few weeks ago. My partner keeps bees and has been antsy for me to meet some of the bees he works with so I shadowed him as he went to check on the bees living at and pollinating the plants at Greensgrow Farms. If you haven’t heard of or yet visited Greensgrow Farms, I highly recommend checking it out. Greensgrow Farms is an awesome urban farm located at 2503 E. Firth Street with a great CSA (Community/City Supported Agriculture), a seasonal partnership where you can buy locally produced fruits, vegetables, and dairy or vegan protein options. Read more about Greensgrow Farms and their CSA here.
SH and I toured the farm for a bit at first and then headed over to the Living Roof, where the hives for the honeybees were located. I watched SH smoke the bees out a bit to calm them down before opening the hives–apparently the smoke mimics a forest fire, which alerts the bees to eat as much honey as possible in preparation for a long commute to another hive location. As a result, the bees’ bellies will be so full, they’ll have a harder time stinging. I watched him check several frames to see if the combs had larvae, if the Queen was intact and producing offspring, and how much honey were in the hives. While he was working, I quelled my fears and held some frames, and even got to taste some honey straight from the comb! It was delicious.