I’d like to take a moment to announce the creation of the Urban Beekeeping discussion group in Yahoo! Groups. We are aware of the lack of a diverse central discussion forum for topics important for the growing urban beekeeping movement, and have decided to put together an intelligent and informed resource available to expert and newcomer alike. Urban beekeeping has ballooned from a small hobbyist pastime to a diverse and far-flung movement spanning hundreds of cities around the globe. From Los Angeles to Sydney to London people are realizing the importance of the honeybee in urban ecology.
Still, urban beekeeping lacks legitimacy in the greater community of beekeepers, especially those that have invested their livelihoods in fostering bees in rural or agricultural areas. Part of the legitimacy problem stems from a perception that urban beekeepers are uninformed or simply trendy and can be dismissed as not serious about keeping bees. The Urban_Beekeeping forum intends to change this perception through non-dogmatic and mature debate, thoughtful discussion and helpful advice from seasoned beekeepers. The aim is to mentor the newcomer to the world of beekeeping, focus on the needs of urban beekeepers and the challenges they face, and work to sustain feral bees as reservoirs of genetic diversity as a resource for all beekeepers.
You are invited to take part in the discussion and lend your voice. Join us! Please take a moment to subscribe at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have subscribed you can change your notification settings to suit your needs. If you have a particular question or criticism you can contact me, the list owner, at email@example.com
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The Urban_Beekeeping forum is intended to be relatively free from the ad hominem abuse and newbie-belittling common in some forums. Brow beating and grandstanding are discouraged, as this is a space that welcomes mature conversation. If you experience a problem, use the above email.
We welcome you to the Urban_Beekeeping Yahoo! Groups forum, and hope that your experience is insightful!