Bee Letter

Honeybees increase the output of vegetable gardens and the pollination of flower gardens by more than 30%

Dear Neighbor,
Jacob recently completed the University of Minnesotaʼs beekeeping certification course, and we would like to keep a hive of honeybees in our backyard at 2540 Buchanan.
The city of Minneapolis closely regulates beekeeping within the city limits. Hive inspectors make sure that all beekeepers maintain clean, safe and healthy hives at all times. The city also requires consent from our neighbors.

In order to keep bees in our backyard, we have to:
• create a flyaway barrier so bees will not bother our neighbors
• supply a water source for our bees, so they donʼt search for water in other yards
• keep our bees in a well marked, clean and painted hive box in a fenced-in yard

Bees are wonderful creatures that will pollinate the flowers and gardens in our entire neighborhood. Keeping bees also helps maintain the bee population, which has suffered of late due to pesticide use, disease, and genetically modified crops.
We realize the idea of having a beehive in the neighborhood may be concerning to you. Here are some facts about bee stings and allergies: • Unlike wasps, yellow jackets and hornets, honeybees are non-aggressive pollinators
(they do not sting unless provoked, and almost only to defend their hive against
• Bee stings cause reactions in almost everyone, causing varying degrees of swelling,
irritation and redness. Only 2% of people experience anaphylactic shock due to bee stings (city beekeepers are required to keep an Epi-Pen on hand for emergencies).

We would love to share some of the honey from our beehive with you, talk to you about bees and answer any questions you may have. We will be knocking on your door later this week to talk to you about keeping bees in our yard and to ask for your signature on the Honeybee Permit Consent Form the city requires we submit.

Here are some awesome facts about honeybees:
• One hive of honeybees can produce up to 80 pounds of honey in one summer!
• Bees are responsible for 80% of the pollination that occurs.
• Honeybees gather pollen within a 2-mile radius of their hive.
• Honeybees increase the output of vegetable gardens and the pollination of flower
gardens by more than 30%. We look forward to talking about our bees with you. See you soon!

Cheers, Kerstin & Jacob

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