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Bees....in the City?

I first became interested in keeping bees while driving and listening to a talk radio program about the decrease in honey bees. What I found interesting is that it was explained that honey produced locally helps with allergies. Prior to keeping a hive, I was having, on the average, six sinus infections a year at the least. After keeping bees and using my locally produced honey I have not had to see the doctor due to a sinus infection in 6 years due to building up immunity to the pollen in my area.

The Birth of MJD Apiary - Beekeeping in the City

Enter my garden keeping co-worker. She heard of my hobby and explained how she wanted to keep a hive in her garden to help her flowers, although, she did not want to become an actual beekeeper. She suggested that I could put a hive in her garden. The thought at first was kind of intimidating. After some months of doing research, as well as increasing my knowledge of beekeeping I came up with a plan. I wanted to continue my study of bees and this was the perfect opportunity. Beekeeping is not an exact science; it depends on the bees, the location, the flowers in the area and a host of other factors. Placing hives in different locations throughout the city gives me data points to continue my study of raising honeybees in an Urban setting as well as giving gardeners the benefit of having a steady source of pollinators for their gardens without the stings....and I'm sure they appreciate the honey!


Membership in the American Bee Federation and The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association 

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3 Reviews

Amber Wolterstorff

17 March 2021

17 March


The hand and body lotion from MJD is fantastic! It’s very hydrating and absorbs quickly. When applying the lotion there are tiny beads of moisture that appear w...
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Alana Gomez

26 February 2021

26 February


I had a small bumble bee problem, I did not want to hurt any of the bumble bees, but was afraid to have them so close to our entrance of our home as I am allerg...
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