For the Love of Bees – in urban Chicago
I used to work with this very cool graphic designer. She left our office last spring and I knew she was destined for great things. She and some girl friends started Quite Strong “Creatives of the female variety” and more recently, after time spent in Eugene learning hands on bee keeping skills, she created Bike-a-Bee. SO here’s the skinny – she’s planning on setting up hives in urban farms and gardens all over the city as a community project and will tend them all via her trusty bike. She used to ride to our corporate office in the ‘burbs from the city well before it was the rage and I admired her for that. Being a lover of anything related to nature and near and dear to my heart is the bounty we nourish ourselves with, I understand how key bees are to the success of sustaining crop growth. We’d be lost without them. A friend, Randy, keeps several hives in Vermont and has gifted me with jars of honey worth their weight in gold for all the love he puts into them. And I’ve been known to bring back obscure varieties of honey from Gargano, Italy where agumi (citrus), eucalyptus and lavender are among my favorites. Below is a link to an article published today on Huffington Post that explains it all in Jana’s words. Be sure to read it and watch the video of Jana being Jana. And if you feel drawn to this as I am, donate a little something via the Kickstarter link below. We all need bees and I know Jana is going to be Queen Bee of Chicago one day soon.
Link to Huffington Post Article and Video.
Link to Kickstarter Bike-a-Bee where you can make a donation to help out Jana and her bees.