Queen Bee: Big Apple Apiculture
Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn)
Brooklyn is all abuzz–with the propolis-pounding pitch of bees. On rooftops throughout the borough, humankind’s smallest domesticated species is making a profound comeback—in lockstep with a burgeoning rooftop farming movement. The juggernaut has even stung the city last year, forcing the council to reverse a Giuliani-era ban on urban beekeeping. Join Brooklyn’s Megan Paska for a brief history and overview of this honeyed tale, complete with an indoor bee-fondling session.
Megan Paska is a Brooklyn transplant by way Baltimore. Her passion for urban gardening and beekeeping finds expression both in an active apiculture profession—she supplies bees to Greenpoint’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and BK Farmyards, and restaurants such as Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group—and in her urban gardening resource, BROOKLYNHOMESTEADER.COM. She teaches apiculture workshops and more all over the city. Most recently, she was a feature speaker at the first annual NYC Honey Festival. By the way: she’s also a damn good mushroomer.