Apiopolis believes that by working to address the causes of honeybee and pollinator decline we can not only improve the health of these vital creatures but also positively impact our entire urban ecology and create a more sustainable, beautiful and resilient city. We are dedicated to promoting natural beekeeping practices that support the needs and well being of the entire honeybee colony and its surrounding landscape. In the last two years, we’ve installed honeybee hives all over the city, on rooftops, at local farms, in the backyard of a brewery, at community gardens and at the art museum.

We’ve been selecting for resilient genetics, making hive modifications and are constantly striving to better understand and care for our brilliant bee friends. We’re focused on installing large-scale pollinator habitat, educating about appropriate land management practices and establishing sustainable apiaries. We aspire to transform the perception of maintained and desirable landscapes to also be beautiful and functional. By improving the health of pollinators and honeybees through our projects, we’re also supporting our local food system and creating green jobs. We love forging unions and developing partnerships that strengthen each other’s efforts. Together we can make our communities stronger, healthier and more abundant.

We are firm believers in community involvement and activism. Apiopolis is proud to be a friend of Raleigh Food Corridor. We have exciting projects underway with Triangle Land Conservancy and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. We’re looking forward to developing programming opportunities with Raleigh City Farm. And we love volunteering to care for the bees Alliance Medical Ministry, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Camden Street Learning Garden and Passage Home.

This year we kicked off our City as Sustainable Apiary Project at Chickadee Farms. We’re following the example of successful, feral honeybee populations and how they exist in the natural environment, selecting for resilient colonies and improving the genetic diversity of our urban bees.

Thanks to initial funding by the city’s Urban Ag Micro-Grants, we’re helping local schools establish pollinator gardens and love teaching their students about the importance of pollinators to our environment and our food system. We’re official members of the Gardening Club at Wildwood Forest Elementary and love getting our hands dirty with the kids. We’ll be joining Bee City USA  as they begin to consider Bee Schools USA certification requirements.

We’ve been advocating for Raleigh’s certification as a Bee City USA for a year. In June Raleigh’s City Council unanimously approved the resolution. We are grateful for the hard work of the Environmental Advisory Board, the Office of Sustainability, the Urban Design Center, the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and all of the departments that made this happen.

A honeybee colony is a super-organism  Every individual works together for the best good of the whole. This definition also includes microorganisms present in the hive, the comb and the shelter that houses it. This is such an apt metaphor for human society. If we regard our selves and our world as one big, functional, precious entity, we’ll work together to build the strongest, healthiest, most abundant and beautiful world possible for everyone and everything.

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CURRENT AND ONGOING PROJECTS

 Pollinator Habitat Planting Initiative

Propagation and Growing Program

Pesticide and Herbicide Awareness Campaign

City as Sustainable Apiary Project

Appropriate Shelter Project

Green Jobs Initiative

Bee Schools USA

Prison Beekeeping Training Program

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