What’s the buzz? Keeping bees with Noah Wilson-Rich

Noah Wilson-Rich wasn’t the sort of kid who played in the dirt. He was terrified of insects, and never forgot his first run-in with a bee that stung him as a toddler. But Wilson-Rich believes that if you eat food and enjoy flowers…you need to pay attention to honey bees. He’s hit the TED stage in Boston to share his passion for beekeeping and bee health, and on March 9 he joined the Seaside Gardeners at the Nickerson Post to impart his wisdom on beekeeping with the hopes of encouraging bee love and bee health across our little peninsula.

Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. No honey bee pollinators?…no fruit and veggies. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.

And making honey may not be the only role for bees in our future. How about beehive insulation for homes, or bomb-sniffing bees? Noah suggests bees might be put to work for all kinds of helpful tasks. And he and his team of researchers are up to the task of figuring this out while also playing the role of bee ambassadors. If a swarm of bees decides to land on a beautifully bright yellow car in Dorchester…who do the municipalities call? Noah and crew.

For a taste of his engaging talk, watch his Boston TedTalk. And for a taste of great programming like this, join the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners on their Scoop page.

TedTalk: Every city needs healthy honey bees
TEDxBoston 2012 · 12:43 · Filmed Jun 2012

About Noah Wilson-Rich
Noah Wilson-Rich is a biologist / professor / NYTimes contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / uncle who studies bees and bee diseases. He was born in Manhattan, grew up in Fairfield, CT, and moved to Boston for college in 2000 to attend Northeastern University, where he earned a B.S. in biology in 2005.

Noah’s book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in 2014 through Princeton University Press. He founded The Best Bees Company while in graduate school at Tufts University to support people who want to own and care for their own beehive. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research conducted at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, based in Boston’s South End.

About the Seaside Gardeners
Founded in 1952, the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum are engaged in environmental conservation, beautification, and civic projects. Hosting a number of events throughout the year, the club welcomes all neighbors to attend. Examples of their programs include the Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway beautification, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Blue Star Memorial at the firehouse, a Scholarship Program, the Spring plant sale, and the Faire for All Seasons craft fair. Visit the Seaside Gardeners to learn more.

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