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When I posted a video on how to keep bees on the rooftops of New York City, I noted that it was the lifting of the city's ban on beekeeping that was making all this possible. Many beekeepers, however, have been at it since long before the ban—and now that they are free from prosecution, they are coming out of the closet. Check out Andrew Coté, the "guru of New York beekeeping", as he teaches some would-be beekeepers the tricks of the trade on Brooklyn rooftops and swanky Manhattan balconies.
Highschool dropout, self-proclaimed "former vagabond", and now Fulbright Scholar, Coté isn't just interested in teaching beekeeping in New York. He is also the founder of Bees Without Borders, a non-profit that sees him taking his skills across the Globe, teaching beekeeping in economically depressed regions. So far, he's visited Iraq, The Niger Delta, and Kerala and Tamil Nadu—all in the name of spreading the word about our pollinator friends, and what can be done to help them.
Here though, he is teaching the lawyers of Manhattan and the beekeepers of Brooklyn about how to harvest honey, inspect the hive, and enjoy the "caramelized sunlight" that the bees collect.
Awesome stuff. Check out Discovery News' Bees on the Brink webpage for more stories on the plight of the honeybees and what we can do to help them.