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Brooklyn Grange Farm Adopts Bees Found Inside an NYC Fire Hydrant

Posted By Molly Cotter On August 17, 2012 @ 3:20 pm In Brooklyn,Food,Green Space,Urban Farming | No Comments

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The Brooklyn Grange [3] is in the midst of recruiting a slew of new workers that are small and tough but produce incredibly sweet results — honeybees! [4] The city’s largest rooftop farm, which boasts two sites in Brooklyn and in Queens, has been expanding their apiary [5], and recently transferred a whole colony of bees from a city fire hydrant [6] to their spacious new digs on a Navy Yard [7] roof. The busy bees are anticipated to create over 1,000 pounds of delicious honey this year alone!



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The Brooklyn Grange began in Queens when Farmer Ben Flanner started his own small rooftop farm [8] that catered to locals and caught the attention of a few passionate New York City restaurants. Soon enough, a number of farm-to-table [9] fans banded together, gained funding, and opened the first 2-acre Brooklyn Grange [10] on a Long Island City rooftop. The farm was so successful that an even larger plot was sown in the Brooklyn Navy Yard [11] as part of the area’s massive revitalization project. The apiary was one of many unique ideas that made the Grange a one of a kind creation.

Bees found around the city are carefully transferred into over 30 spacious hives [12] (think mini luxury condos) to produce delicious honey. The team most recently doubled their good deeding by rescuing bees from a fire hydrant that needed to be reactivated for neighborhood safety. The bees safely found a new home and fire fighters reclaimed their hydrant, sting free! Keep an eye out for Brooklyn Grange honey [13] coming soon!

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[3] Brooklyn Grange: http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/

[4] honeybees!: http://www.newyorkwritesitself.com/2012/08/watch-brooklyn-grange-harvest-bees-and-install-a-chicken-coop-video/

[5] apiary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apiary

[6] fire hydrant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_hydranthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_hydrant

[7] Navy Yard: http://www.brooklynnavyyard.org/

[8] small rooftop farm: http://rooftopfarms.org/

[9] farm-to-table: http://www.farmtotablenm.org/

[10] Brooklyn Grange: http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/our-farms/

[11] Brooklyn Navy Yard: http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/press-page/

[12] hives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beehive

[13] honey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey

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