Roberta Kato looks at her bees in fascination. As they buzz around her, she examines the honeycomb for new signs of life.
“There’s the little baby bees,” Kato blurts out with excitement.
With her bee suit as her shield, Kato pulls out each portion of the manmade hive she is examining. She waits until the bees seem fairly agitated to move on to the next hive of the day...
And Kato isn’t alone in her urban beekeeping endeavor. She’s a member of Backwards Beekeepers, a group dedicated to caring for bees in the city of L.A.
In just three years the group has grown from four members to 140. Kirk Anderson, the founder and leader of the group, gives advice to members through email and monthly meetings.
“I get maybe 5 or 10 emails a week, or a day, depending on the season,” Anderson said.
Urban beekeeping (ATVN.org)
USC covers the Backwards Beekeepers
Here's a piece (with video) on our group from Kristen Steach of USC's Annenberg School for Communication: