This week, we received calls and tweets alerting us to a swarm of honeybees camping out on a car in Dorchester. Springtime is when crowded hives occasionally send bees looking for new space, which can be an alarming sight. Together with our Animal Control division, we helped coordinate with Noah Wilson-Rich of Best Bees, a local beekeeper who was able to collect and house the colony, bringing them to a place where they can continue their work pollenating local plants.
Noah and beekeepers like him are part of the urban agriculture movement, and this spring, Boston is joining the conversation. Mayor Menino is a strong advocate for access to fresh, local food, and that’s why Boston is in the process of rezoning urban agriculture. Urban agriculture increases access to affordable and healthy food in cities. Food produced in the city reduces shipping expenses, cuts emissions, and builds community. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for us. Learn more about how to get involved in Boston’s rezoning process via the Boston Redevelopment Authority.