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Comment by Regina on September 11, 2009 at 12:02pm
Hello... Just would like to introduce myself. I'm the community organizer, farmer & activist for La Finca Del Sur "Farm of the South" - Bronx 1st women operated farm. I'm also a food blogwriter & artshow producer. Currently, I live in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. We love bees! :-)
Comment by Judy Harper on June 27, 2009 at 11:40am
The Secret (and Illegal) Life of Bees
Elizabeth O'Neill
Huffington Post

Posted: June 26, 2009 01:48 PM

My seat by the crimson wall in the back room of Jimmy's 43 in the East Village became increasingly uncomfortable as people packed in, shuffling into line to taste perhaps the only alcoholic beverage that is difficult to come by in this great city of New York: mead. Made from just three simple ingredients, honey, yeast and water, mead is the most ancient alcoholic drink out there and was received with delight and curiosity amidst this dynamic group of urban-agricultural enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the forth day of Pollinator Week 2009, seven days dedicated to legalizing urban beekeeping in New York City. (Read More)
Comment by Judy Harper on June 24, 2009 at 11:53am
The Feed’s guide to where to eat during NYC Pollinator Weekfrom TIME OUT
NYC Pollinator Week, taking place now through June 28, is a celebration of local honey and the bees who produce it, and also serves as a rallying cry to legalize beekeeping in the five boroughs. (Read More)
Comment by Liz on June 18, 2009 at 9:49am
Hey bee lovers!

Next week is Pollinator Week, brought to you by Just Food. A bunch of events are happening, including the Beekeeper's Ball on Monday, and a big rally on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to legalize beekeeping.

More info on the rally and other actions below:

1. Come to the rally at City Hall on June 23!

A Notice of Violation for having honeybees was issued on May 20 to a backyard beekeeper in Brooklyn by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, whose health code renders beekeeping illegal in NYC. The beekeeper's hearing will be on June 23rd, let's send a strong message of support for her and other brave beekeepers in NYC, and tell City Council and the Department of Health to take immediate action to end the illegality of beekeeping in NYC!

STAND UP FOR BEEKEEPERS!

WHO? Supporters of NYC beekeepers

WHAT? Stand Up For Legalizing Beekeeping in NYC!

WHEN? Tuesday, June 23th at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM

WHERE? Press conference & rally with beekeepers, bee supporters, and David Yassky and other Council Members will be held at City Hall steps at 12:30
Beekeeper Citation Hearing will be at NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Administrative Tribunal, 66 John Street, 11th Floor at 1:30

WHY? Support our beekeepers and legalization efforts! We need a good turnout at this event! Many of you keep bees under the radar and could be in this situation at any time! All of you support beekeeping legalization in NYC! If not you, who? If not now then, when?

Please RSVP with subject line "bee rally" to nadia@justfood.org.

2. Tell City Council to act on the bill that would legalize beekeeping!

On January 28, 2009 Council Member David Yassky introduced a bill into City Council that would provide licensing to beekeepers in NYC, and if passed would override the health code and thereby make beekeeping in NYC once again legal. Yet in order for this bill to pass, the Chair of the City Council Health Committee needs to schedule and convene a public hearing on the bill.

Urge City Council Health Committee Chair Joel Rivera to announce the date of the public hearing during Pollinator Week! ACT TODAY!

Sample message you can send:

New York City Council Member Joel Rivera
District 15
Legislative Office
250 Broadway, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10007
rivera@council.nyc.ny.us

Dear Council Member Rivera,

I am writing in regard to legislation Int. 920, introduced to City Council on January 28, 2009 by Council Members Yassky, Comrie, Gerson, James and Stewart that calls for beekeeper licensing in New York City. I understand the legislation cannot move forward until a public hearing is convened by the City Council Health Committee, which you Chair. I am writing to encourage you to schedule the public hearing immediately, and announce the date during Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2009.

I am one of thousands of New Yorkers who support a campaign to legalize beekeeping in New York City, including the proposed legislation. Honeybees help gardens grow more fruit and vegetables as they are one of nature's best pollinators and contribute to productive harvests in community gardens, public parks and nature centers. Cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle to name a few benefit from the presence of managed bee colonies by supporting safe, legalized beekeeping. Even the White House now maintains beehives on its lawn. Nevertheless, New York City lags behind on beekeeping, as an outdated and poorly drafted health code bans the practice.

I support Int. 920 and view its passage as an important component of advancing public health, food security, environmental sustainability and economic development in New York City. I eagerly await you to schedule the public hearing on this legislation.

Sincerely,

3. Tell the NYC Department of Health to review their code that makes beekeeping illegal!

The New York City Health Code under Section 161.01 prohibits the possession, keeping, harboring and selling of "wild animals." This ban, in its listing of "all venomous insects" includes bees and in doing so outlaws beekeeping. By conducting a review of this code, the Department of Health could right this wrong and once again make beekeeping legal in NYC. Tell DOH to do the right thing!

Sample message you can send:

Rena Bryant
Record Access Officer,
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
125 Worth Street, Room 601, CN 31
New York, NY 10013
Via email: rbryant@health.nyc.gov

Dear Ms. Bryant,

I am one of thousands of New Yorkers who have signed and support the petition to the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene requesting the removal of bees from the list of "vehemous insects" in the "prohibited wild animals" section of Code 161.01.

I am one of thousands of New Yorkers who support a campaign to legalize beekeeping in New York City, and have signed the petition to the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene requesting the removal of bees from the list of "vehemous insects" in the "prohibited wild animals" section of Code 161.01. Honeybees help gardens grow more fruit and vegetables as they are one of nature's best pollinators and contribute to productive harvests in community gardens, public parks and nature centers. Cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle to name a few benefit from the presence of managed bee colonies by supporting safe, legalized beekeeping. Even the White House now maintains beehives on its lawn. Nevertheless, New York City lags behind on beekeeping, as this outdated and poorly drafted health code bans the practice.

I urge the Department of Health to convene its review of Code 161.01 immediately, with the accompanying public hearing, and encourage you to announce the date during Pollinator Week, June 22-28, 2009.

Sincerely,

4. Get 10 friends to sign the petition to legalize beekeeping!

Just Food's petition urges the NYC Department of Health to amend its Health Code by removing bees from its list of "wild animals." Signatures show the Department of Health that urban beekeeping is important to the city, and will speed the process of holding its public hearing and review of the code. Help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures in support of legalized beekeeping in NYC!

Here's how you can help:

Sign the petition
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/legalize-beekeeping.html

Ask your friends to sign
Send the petition to your friends, families and networks! Check out our sample letter or write one of your own. Be sure to include the link:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/legalize-beekeeping.html

Collect petition signatures!
If you're as concerned about this as we are, here's your chance to reach out to your community. Download the petition and fact sheet, gather signatures in your community and return the completed lists to: nadia@justfood.org or Nadia Johnson, Just Food, 208 E51st Street, New York, NY 10022



5. Celebrate Bees! Come to NYC Pollinator Week events throughout the week, June 22-28

Beekeepers Ball! Hidden Hives Tour! Honey Festival! New York Nectar! Check out details of our Pollinator Week events, all from June 22-28, 2009.
 

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