Since 2011, the rooftop farming company Brooklyn Grange, in partnership with area beekeepers, has been producing NYC Honey Festival, a celebration of the areas apiarists, honeybees, and the delicious honey that they produce. In 2017 the baton was passed to our friends at Wilk Apiary and they are keeping the tradition of the NYC Honey Festival alive.
As honeybee populations decline worldwide, the very survival of our food production system is threatened. The canaries in our agricultural coal mine, Apis mellifera have so much to teach us about ecosystem survival and resilience. Their incredible hierarchy, astounding industriousness, and the exquisite crops they produce have been revered by humans since ancient times. We must act now to educate ourselves about this critical species and honor the inspiring contributions they make to the health of our struggling planet.