Topbar Beekeeping

I'm an urban topbar beekeeper in Albuquerque, NM. I manage hives in backyards and small organic farms within city limits. These hives are probably pollinating your veggie patches right now. Visit my website at:


Astounding Hive Designs in "Queen of the Sun"

"Queen of the Sun" just came to the Guild Cinema last weekend. Even though the movie was about the huge crash of bee numbers not only in our country, but the world, I found it full of hope. The movie was light-handed in science, but full of feel-good spirituality. I walked away with my mind whirling over the variety of hive construction people are using. 
The hive below is at the Melissa Garden, a honeybee sanctuary, outside of Healdsburg, CA. This hive was designed by artist Gunther Mancke to imitate beehives in the wild. The entrance is at the bottom of this egg shaped hive and the shape allows for 2 feet of hanging comb. 

The bottom picture is of Rob Brelan's Dodechahedron hive. Here is a write up of his work in the SF Gate Archive and in the Center for the Micro Eco-Farming Movement. Brelan is located in West Nyacy, NY. The dodechahedron hive is meant to be more a bee sanctuary, rather than a honey harvesting hive. 

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