Urban Agriculture http://wesa.fm en Colony Collapse & the Buzz on Beekeeping in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/colony-collapse-buzz-beekeeping-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago we took a look at the world of urban farming in Pittsburgh, with a focus on beekeeping in particular. As in many cities, those who want to build apiaries in Pittsburgh have had to jump through various bureaucratic hoops and deal with the myths and fears surrounding honeybees. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama recently stressed the importance of preserving our honeybee populations for the sake of food security.</span> And the White House has even <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memorandum-creating-federal-strategy-promote-health-honey-b">announced plans to form a task force</a> to investigate honeybee colony collapse.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/22/politics/honey-bees-protection/">With renewed attention on the decline of pollinators</a>, Steve Repasky, President of <a href="http://burghbees.com/">Burgh Bees </a>and David Tarpy, Professor and Extension Apiculturist in the <a href="http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/">Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University</a> are working to preserve the honeybees in Pittsburgh and the rest of the country.</p><p>Repasky said the local laws for beekeeping have not changed within the last two years, and the rules for keeping bees are pretty strict. But he thinks there has been a good push for positive change in Pittsburgh, and hopes to get a change in the urban agriculture ordinance. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:12:47 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32184 at http://wesa.fm Colony Collapse & the Buzz on Beekeeping in Pittsburgh Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard http://wesa.fm/post/urban-farming-pittsburgh-better-food-your-backyard <p>From the country to the city, many urban dwellers are beginning to develop self-sustainable farms in the backyards of their Pittsburgh apartments. These “<a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodpolicy.org/blog/entry/3690301/the-ins-and-outs-of-urban-farming-in-pittsburgh">city farms</a>” engage communities in the farming process and improve nutrition to citizens that do not live near a grocery store or market.</p><p>Small gardens and urban livestock such as chicken and bees can be found on balconies, roofs and oftentimes in revitalized vacant lots.</p><p>Heather Mikulas works in local food infrastructure and agricultural entrepreneurship for the Penn State University Extension Office in Allegheny County and helps backyard farmers develop their own agricultural techniques. She says that everyone has a different <strong><a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/urbanites-look-to-harvest-local-food-crops-as-hedge-against-food-insecurity-14574.html">reason </a></strong>to start planting an urban garden, but anyone can do it.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:01:21 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14203 at http://wesa.fm Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard