Robert MacKimmie on urban beekeeping 

The founder of City Bees will hold a 4 p.m. workshop Saturday at the Randall Museum called “Beyond First-Year Beekeeping — ‘I already have a hive, NOW WHAT?’” Admission is $20, or $10 for San Francisco Beekeepers Association members.

What is City Bees? A very small bee company. I’ve been keeping bees in The City for 13 years; at one point, I had 33 hives.

What type of honey do you harvest? I have representative honeys from microclimates all over The City. With the hills and valleys in San Francisco, every neighborhood has different weather, so every neighborhood’s honey ends up tasting different since they have different plants.

Is beekeeping common in San Francisco? Beekeeping has become very popular in the last few years. With colony-collapse disorder, it has really come to the forefront and people are realizing how dependant we are on bees. Previous generations always had somebody in the family who kept bees, such as an uncle, aunt or grandfather.

Is beekeeping dangerous? No. Everything about bees is beneficial. They get a bad name because of yellow jackets, which invade the backyard picnic or dinner, but bees fly in a beeline from the hive to the flower.

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