Re: Bees in Cohousing?
From: Alison Etter (
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:29:11 -0700 (PDT)
We have 3 hives here in Roberts Creek Cohousing.  This was a  recent
initiative of a member, supported by the community.  He installed them and
cares for them and reaps the honey.  They are near our garden and help with
fertilization.  And we all are given a small jar of honey as well upon
request.  Great idea!    Alison Etter - Roberts Creek Cohousing, BC

On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Michael Barrett <mbarrett [at]>wrote:

> In that many cohousing communities have words in their founding documents
> aligned to a " protect nature, tread lightly, save the planet" axis, I'm
> wondering how many communities keep managed honey bee colonies (hives) as a
> community or private enterprise.
> At Shadowlake Village at present we have 8 hives (and 3 beekeepers) and are
> approaching our third winter with bees. Before starting, with two bee
> keepers and three hives in 2011, some of us were dismayed to face
> significant opposition from a few concerned community members. However this
> was peacefully resolved, and since then everyone has come to appreciate, or
> at least tolerate, our tiny furry workers as they go about their business.
> And the "very local" honey seems to be hugely appreciated.
> Michael Barrett - at Shadowlake village, Blacksburg, Virginia, where the
> bees are almost done packing away their winter larders.
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