Given the plight of the bee, it’s also helping the environment. As the Washington Post noted recently, a bumblebee species was placed on the endangered species list for the first time ever:
One state, Maryland, shows how eerie and perilous the decline has been for professional beekeepers. In 2015, the state lost more than 60 percent of its hives, each containing up to 20,000 honeybees. Beekeeper Steve McDaniel, owner of McDaniel Honey Farms, lost half of his hives in Manchester, Md., and all of them where he kept bees in downtown Baltimore. Hives with up to 20,000 bees cost about $1,200.
Also noteworthy: Hope Honey Farm is the only Certified Naturally Grown urban honey bee farm inside the Beltway.