I have a friend who is an amazing ally to the honeybees. Not only does he plant his gardens with them in mind, but he is a gifted (and seemingly fearless) beekeeper. He has 48 different entries on his blog that you can check out to learn more about the bees and his journey in learning about and from them. This was his post yesterday and it provoked a small scream to come from me so I thought I’d share it here.

bee swarm

photos by Eli Wadley

Look at that perfect design the bees are making! The swarm was 3 feet long and 1 foot in width. Here’s another picture after they sawed off the branch the swarm was attached to.


I don’t want to spoil his post for you by telling you all the details, but rest assured the bees are now very content in their bee box. Eli’s bees are kept in the Castro district of SF and he sells his honey at the bottom of the steep hill he lives on at a really great place, Mission Pie. If you have time to click on their link too it’s worth the time for the amount of inspiration that organization offers.

Eli’s beekeeping, and selling of his honey at a local venue that supports social change and education, is a beautiful example of how more aspects of our cities could work. Do you know any beekeepers in your neighborhood? Are you one? Please tell me about it!