In the permaculture site at El Paseo Community Garden, seven layers of plants grow in a harmonious, planned ecosystem. Wild strawberries flourish at the foot of fruit trees, out of direct sunlight. Comfrey grows near herbs and berries, bringing nitrogen and phosphorus to the soil, acting as a sort of natural fertilizer to neighboring plants. […]
The 20,000-word article on bees that would forever define the Reader
A 1977 article on beekeeping by Reader editor Michael Lenehan set a precedent for long-form storytelling in the paper.
What humans can learn from bees, according to Chicago’s bicycling beekeeper
“Beekeeping teaches you to let go of the black-and-white world and participate in the natural world, which is not predictable,” says Bike a Bee founder Jana Kinsman.
Seriously, hold the honey: Should vegans stick to their guns?
Honey fuels the vegan flexitarian debate.
How to Start a Beehive
When Barack Obama visited Chicago last week, the outgoing mayor—an urban naturalist named Richard M. Daley—talked to him about some ideas he was kicking around for retirement, including beekeeping. Beekeeping? During his tenure, Daley was moved to install a City Hall rooftop garden that included beehives, whose presence threatened him with more of a sting […]
Reporting From FamilyFarmed: Yes, We Can!
How to preserve food, courtesy of panelists at the FamilyFarmed Expo.
Following up on the Reader’s November 18, 1977 “The Essence of Beeing” cover story and urban beekeeping events in March and April, 2011.
Forty Years: A weekly series in which we take a look at a specific year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader.
This Week’s Food and Drink Events
A bee forum, a pig roast, a Jewish-French luncheon, and more.
Can Bee Stings Cure MS?
It’s called apitherapy. For patients losing faith in traditional medicine, the pain is worth the possibility.
The Essence of Beeing
The Gentle Art of Honey Husbandry, from Inner-City Rooftops to Corn-belt Pastureland.