Remember the terrific winds that tore through Maryland on February 25? Trees and branches were downed everywhere, including a large limb that broke off a tremendous white oak in a Roland Park homeowner’s back yard. When it hit the ground, a swarm of stunned and confused honeybees emerged from their hive that had been torn open. Fortunately, the homeowner called Baltimore Free Farm to ask if we wanted to take the bees. Boy, did we! In no time, our crack honeybee emergency rescue team was on the scene to assess the situation (confession: we’d never done this before). Fortunately, we had the guidance of Baltimore Honey’s bee expert, Meme Thomas. Since the queen was in the fallen portion of the hive, we covered it to protect them from the cold and returned the next day with bee hoods, a smoker, and a chainsaw. The remarkable tale of our first hive rescue is recounted in this video. Today, the bees reside in their original hive, on the roof of Baltimore Free Farm’s community center, and are busy exploring their new neighborhood.
This is all thanks to our generous supporters that helped us raise the funds needed through our campaign on Kickstarter! To read more about the ongoing projects, and see more great photos like the one below, please visit our Kickstarter campaign page.
Above: volunteers work to remove snow from the roof of the BFF Sustainability Center. Keeping it dry inside is quite a big task!