Honeybees returning to Hayes Valley Farm 

Here’s some sweet news: Honeybees are returning to Hayes Valley Farm.

Eight months after nearly 200,000 European honeybees were slaughtered by an unknown murderer at Hayes Valley Farm, a new generation of buzzing beauties is set to return, according to farm officials.

On Thursday, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association is set to hold a meeting to discuss where the hives will be located and what kind of bees will live there.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Korean American Community Center at 745 Buchanan St.

The murder of the bees last summer stung farm officials. In July, an unknown person broke into the community farm and sprayed two hives with a household pesticide. A third hive was spared from total annihilation after about 40 percent of its inhabitants survived the attack.

The bees had arrived at the end of May. They were used to pollinate the gardens at Hayes Valley Farm. Between 60,000 and 100,000 bees lived in each hive.

Beekeeper Karen Peteros said the hives “essentially became a gas chamber” when the poison was sprayed inside. Some of the bees were killed instantly while others collapsed and died at the exit, trapping thousands of other bees inside the hive.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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