Tree Pollination in the Heart of San Francisco
Healthy bees, a pesticide-free canopy of street trees, local pollination for the city and exquisite raw honey are the heart and soul of UrbanBeeSF. Every step of the UrbanBeeSF process promotes healthy, sustainable bee colonies in San Francisco. My bees’ well being ALWAYS comes first – captivating, artisanal honey is just a lovely result.
UrbanBeeSF honey is a delicate yet complex blend of fennel, lavender, thyme and rosemary. Mix that with the colorful essence of San Francisco's healthy City Trees; bracing Eucalyptus, sweet Acacia, backyard Meyer Lemon and the delicious, pretty and luckily ubiquitous, Flowering Gum and Bottlebrush Trees. The finish on the palette is a savory undertone of anise and licorice from wild fennel, which the bees search for and discover all around the city.
UrbanBeeSF honeybees are speaking to us about our food. They demonstrate how humans are supposed to be eating...from locally sourced, largely organic and systemic-pesticide-free trees and plants that flourish in our neighborhood's. Thankfully, most people in town eschew herbicide and pesticide use in their gardens. And San Francisco's glorious and mature street tree canopy creates an oasis of rich food and safe habitat for native bees, honeybees, song birds and everything else that is trying to survive in this harsh world we've created for them.
UrbanBeeSF is skeptical of and never uses conventional/commercial beekeeping practices such as plastic-wax foundation, refined sugars or corn syrups as food replacement, mite pesticides/poisons/chemical mixtures or medications and antibiotics inside any hives. From hive to jar, only wood, stainless steel, glass and bees ever come in contact with the honey. Healthy beehives flourish in the city because San Francisco bursts with largely pesticide-free, flowering trees with abundant blossoms almost all year long.
The mono-culture aesthetic of chemically-processed plants and industrialized food that we think we can trust, is neither healthy nor sustainable. We have normalized an infrastructure that is failing the entire planet.
Remember a meadow?
Bee Advocacy and Activism
UrbanBeeSF’s primary mission is to seed the future with survivor bees and to help people understand that we must stop behaving like nothing else on earth is as important as humans! We have enslaved the honeybee in an industrial agriculture prison and fed her poison, sugar or just starved her as we deliver them to feed in chemical-doused mono-culture farms. Who wouldn't be susceptible to mites under those unhealthy circumstances?
Bees are the perfect voice to listen to right now as many of us contemplate human survival. The bee is telling us to look critically at our profit motivated farming methods and to please hurry and makes changes while we still can. The answers are simple but not easy...we must stop the chemical and pesticide driven cycle and understand that we've been duped. Organic plant choices are the way to slow down the massive lobbying power of these corporations. And we must stop the use of all systemic pesticides now...because they are absolute poison, absolutely perfected.
UrbanBeeSF collaborates with like-minded restaurateurs and chefs to create rooftop apiaries. Even though these restaurants use our artisanal honeycomb when available, honeybee health ,not honey production remains the primary focus. Its an expensive model but UrbanBeeSF requires that whomever we partner with, understands that these tiny laborers of San Francisco deserve to eat their own food. UrbanBeeSF never removes most of the honey from the hive because of the devastating health effects of sugar feeding.
We believe that some things are sacred and should not be monetized. If the condition of the earth is telling us anything, it is that some things should be simply honored because they are keeping us alive. Some things, like the pollinator life system, are a gift.
To evolve is to be grateful. Be grateful and you'll evolve.