Gallery: Bee Local champions urban honey bees
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Damian Magista, founder of Portland-based Bee Local, maintains hosted hives in neighborhoods throughout Portland and around the state.
Damian Magista, founder of Bee Local, calls his product "artisan neighborhood honey" which makes it sound, well, twee.
It's actually more like a revolution in a jar.
What caught our attention in selecting Bee Local as a finalist for the Sustainable Business Oregon Innovation in Sustainable Product Award, was what Bee Local's honey represents: an urban agriculture renaissance.
|Bee Local at work >>|
Funded by the $5,600 Magista raised through the website Kickstarter, Bee Local is in growth mode. Its hyper-local approach to honey means that hives in different neighborhoods produce honey with different flavors. Magista says each hive's bees make honey that reflects the plants and flowers in their immediate vicinity: Mt. Tabor honey is different than Laurelhurst honey is different than Sellwood honey.
A healthy bee population is key to a human's ability to feed itself. We're glad Bee Local is doing its part to keep them around.
Click through the gallery to see the beekeeper at work and join us Friday to see Bee Local at the awards luncheon.
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