The USDA’s gorgeous pamphlet on bees “Bee Basics (PDF). It’s an educational piece on pollination, bee identification, and things you can do to help save bees. Btw, I’m head over heals for bees. I couldn’t believe it when I saw Michelle Obama’s bee hive on the lawn of the White House last weekend. Plenty to read about bees and climate change, HERE.

Source: USDA via Bug Girl


French beekeepers blame M&M’s candy for mysterious blue and green honey
MULHOUSE, France — Bees at a cluster of apiaries in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M’s candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause.

Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades. (Vincent Kessler/Reuters)


Elevator B, or simply known as a “bee tower”, is a collaborative project between  University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning and Rigidized Metals. Elevator B serves as a new home for a colony of bees awaiting re-location. Read more about it here.

Now if The Grid needs an apiary (bee farm), you know where to turn to. We’ll soon have honey in addition to liquid energy….


this past weekend i went home to help with the first harvest of honey from our hive! it was a most sticky and happy occasion. kirby, the chief apiast in the engelman house, oversaw the whole operation as we worked from early saturday morning into the evening to get as much of the golden liquid as we could from the combs. such hard workers, those bees— they made seven and a half gallons altogether!

that night, we celebrated with a honey-filled harvest feast. menu below. twas quite delish.

honey harvest feast

saturday september 29, 2012

kung-pao chicken tacos in blistered tortillas with roasted peanuts and red pepper

grilled fresh sweet corn from the farmer’s market

asian slaw of napa cabbage and carrots, ginger chili oil rice vinegar dressing

miette pistachio and orange cornmeal cake with honey mascarpone cream, raspberries


Suzanne Harris-Brandts did a residency with DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), an art and architecture collective and a residency programme based in Beit Sahour, Palestine. DAAR’s work combines discourse, spatial intervention, education, collective learning, public meetings and legal challenges. DAAR’s practice is centred on one of the most difficult dilemmas of political practice: how to act both propositionally and critically within an environment in which the political force field is so dramatically distorted. It proposes the subversion, reuse, profanation and recycling of the existing infrastructure of a colonial occupation.

An excerpt from her thesis and some of her work can be seen from this article : Considering the Political Agency of Residual Landscapes in the West Bank

Her closing arguments for alternative Design Tactics:
Extraterritorial Appropriation
*see full article for full development of research and idea

In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israeli ‘closed military areas’ confine vast amounts of prime agricultural and grazing land -over 40% of the total West Bank- away from Palestinian use. The tactical design of Extraterritorial Appropriation therefore, seeks to introduce another layer of meaning and function to these highly restricted closed areas through the exploitation of their residual and neglected spaces.

Extraterritorially planted wildflowers turn large swaths of previously unusable lands into honey bee feeding grounds, which in turn re-activate Palestinian apiaries and contribute to the stimulation of the local Palestinian economy. By using ‘cultivation capsules’ as a proxy form of agricultural planting and honey bees as proxy agents for their cultivation, trespassing restrictions are obviated. Such planting resists military destruction by enlisting Israel’s own environmental protection laws (issued by the ‘Israeli Nature Reserves Authority’ and the ‘Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature’) which prohibit the uprooting of native protected plant species.

The proposed process of apiary re-invigoration moves beyond its role, contributing to economic stimulation and social cohesion to re-enforce the biodiversity of this scarred military landscape and symbolically reinstate a Palestinian claim to lands which have been unilaterally-seized as a result of the occupation. The simultaneous blooming of thousands of wildflowers in the West Bank’s derelict closed military zones is further intended to produce a rapidly legible visual register, rendering visible the spatial contours of Israel’s occupation and broadcasting the underlying confining conditions of Palestinian land access and use hidden within.

*It’s very ambitious of me to try to post something like this on tumblr when it’s best left to the professional bloggers, but it’s inspiring and this is where I put my inspiration.