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The buzz on beekeeping as a hobby

June 12, 2012

Waldorf Astoria hotel sous chef Josh Bierman inspects honey bees residing in hives on the hotel's roof in New York, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Hour 2

City rooftops, suburban backyards, even fancy hotels like New York‚Äôs Waldorf-Astoria and Intercontinental are buzzing with bees.¬† Beekeeping is becoming a popular hobby across America. ¬†In recent years, bee populations across the United States have faced colony collapse as they’ve battled a virus, a fungus and pesticides. ¬†This news of entire bee colonies dying off spurred many people to get hives and has led to a beekeeping boom. ¬†In this hour, we’ll get an update how bee populations are doing. ¬†We’ll also get the buzz on beekeeping and learn about the challenges and the sweet rewards. ¬†Our guests are JIM BOBB, a commercial beekeeper and¬†chairman of the Eastern Apiculture Society and DAVID TARPY, an associate professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University and the extension apiculturist for the State of North Carolina. ¬†We’ll also hear about urban beekeeping with SUZANNE MATLOCK,¬† vice-president of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.

More on urban apiaries from WHYY-TV’s Friday Arts program.

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