Bike·a·Bee: urban beekeeping meets city cycling

I recently received an email from Jana Kinsman, a long-time reader and year-round Chicago cyclist, about a very cool project she is beginning with the help of Kickstarter called Bike·a·Bee.

With Bike·a·Bee, Jana aims to bring beehives to community gardens all around Chicago. She will be an urban beekeeper who visits every hive herself by bike. The entire operation will be car-free.

Jana Kinsman of Bike·a·Bee, photo by John Greenfield of Grid Chicago

She had me at bicycles and honeybees, but I especially enjoyed hearing that “honeybees are a female-run society. The queen bee is in charge, and all of the worker bees are female. Drones, the males, are essentially around for mating purposes :)”

Love it.

In order to make all this work, Jana needs to raise money to pay for the operation, including a bike trailer and beehives. Her goal is $7,000 and she must raise the entire amount by February 7th.

This is the kind of stuff I want to see in my community, so I decided to support the project personally as a bike trailer backer. When the project gets going, there will be an LGRAB logo on the trailer. Fun!

Anyone can become a backer by investing $1 or more to help get the project going. Other rewards for becoming a backer of the Bike·a·Bee Kickstarter project including bee postcards, bee stickers, bee posters, and bee honey! Plus, you’ll get the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with helping a project start and watching it grow.

By helping fund Bike·a·Bee, you are casting a vote for sustainability and urban agriculture as much as you are earning some sweet gifts! As Bike·a·Bee launches, we’ll begin creating webisodes to document our process and share the story. You’ll be there as we set up our first hives in the spring, check on the bees throughout the summer, harvest honey in the early fall, and tuck them in for the winter. You’ll be with us from the start because, without your support, a project of this scope wouldn’t be possible.

As of this posting, she has raised $6,236 of her $7,000 goal.

Let’s help push her to her goal and beyond!

{For more information about Jana and her project, read the excellent interview by John Greenfield on Grid Chicago.}

  • David B.

    This is a great project. Bee keeping is enjoyable and a valuable service. Maintaining hives by bike makes it doubly good. I wish Jana well.

  • David B.

    This is a great project. Bee keeping is enjoyable and a valuable service. Maintaining hives by bike makes it doubly good. I wish Jana well.

  • Mamavee

    very cool. Beekeeping is such a neat thing- if I weren’t deathly afraid of them I would want bees of my own. Instead I love hearing about stuff like this and visiting my friend’s bees.

  • Dr J

    This means that male bees get all the fun and no sweat :)

    Although I know that they are short-lived… :(

    • http://myaudienceisowls.blogspot.com/ Dottie

      Ha ha, true. There are pros and cons to the situation for male bees. :)

      • Zweiradler

        The biggest con is probably that they die during the mating process. :-)

        Nico

  • Dr J

    This means that male bees get all the fun and no sweat :)

    Although I know that they are short-lived… :(

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Ha ha, true. There are pros and cons to the situation for male bees. :)

      • Zweiradler

        The biggest con is probably that they die during the mating process. :-)

        Nico

  • Wooden Monkey

    This is so cool – thanks for writing about it – I’ve already signed up with Kickstarter… bikes and bees!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Such a neat idea. I really love it! And the logo is too cute.