The Buzz on O'Hare International Airport's New On-Site Apiary

GOOD Magazine writes about Chicago's O'Hare International Airport dedicating 2,400 square feet of vacant space to on-site beekeeping.
August 24, 2011, 7am PDT | Kayla Gordon
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O'Hare International Airport plans to create sustainable land space by building a home for 1.5 million bees on a portion of their unused, vacant property.

"In May, the Chicago Department of Aviation partnered with a community group to start a 2,400 square foot apiary on-site. Now 23 beehives are up and running and are scheduled to yield 575 pounds of honey this year."

The program will also be managed by a local community group called Sweet Beginnings, who "trains felons in the art of beekeeping and the process of making honey, candles, and lotions, which are sold under the brand Beeline;" a clever combination of green business and providing "second-chance" employment opportunities.

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Published on Friday, August 19, 2011 in GOOD Magazine
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