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Beekeeping in Baltimore Workshop Series
February 7, 2011, 12:29 am
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Beekeeping in Baltimore Workshops

Baltimore Free Farm and Baltimore Honey are teaming up to bring you a Beekeeping in Baltimore workshop series. The 5 workshops will be presented by Meme Thomas, of Baltimore Honey, at the Baltimore Free Farm’s Ash Street Sustainability Center.  Attendees can attend the entire series for $100 or a single workshop for $35 if they pre-register.  The first workshop begins Sunday, February 13, 2011.  For more information about the workshops, CLICK HERE.

Meme Thomas is the Director of Baltimore Honey and the owner of Earthscape Design, a landscape and environmental design firm located in Baltimore City.  Baltimore Honey is a not for profit organization providing the City of Baltimore with local natural/organic raw honey from a community supported apiary.

Baltimore Free Farm is a network of community activists in Baltimore who work to promote sustainability through urban agriculture.  To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore Free Farm Needs Your Help

Baltimore Free Farm Needs Your Help

The Baltimore Free Farm (BFF) is a program created to promote sustainable food and energy programs in Baltimore City.  Near the Ash Street Community Garden, the group’s flagship project, the BFF has acquired a warehouse they plan to use as a place to store materials, work on projects for the garden,  hold musical events and as a general meeting space.

The warehouse is in disrepair and BBF is asking for your help in rehabilitating the structure with Kickstarter, an online fundraiser site.  The Baltimore Free Farm is hoping to raise $10,000 to repair the warehouse.  An individual can pledge anything from $1 to the full amount.  The BFF will only get the money if the entire amount is raised.  BFF has until December 30th to raise $10,000

CLICK HERE to make a pledge for the Baltimore Free Farm.

Examples of projects from the Baltimore Free Farm:

Ash Street Community Garden – A place where community members can learn to grow their own food in individual plots.

Hampden RE-Cycle – Salvaging parts, building and repairing bikes, and teaching others skills to increase the use of carbon free modes of transportation.

Strange Folks – A series of musical concerts held at the garden to publicize the project and bring the community together.

Beekeeping – With the assistance of Baltimore Honey.

To learn more about the Baltimore Free Farm, activities they offer and their fundraising efforts, CLICK HERE.


Post Update: Congratulations to the Baltimore Free Farm for reaching their funraising goal!


You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

You’re Invited: Remington Greenroof Installation For Honey Bees

High Rise For Honey Bees
A Green Roof Installation

November 9th, 2010, 1 – 4pm
2233 Huntingdon Avenue
Baltimore , MD 21211 MAP IT

Green Roof Service LLC and Architecture and Design Inc. (ADI) are pleased to invite the community to the installation of the first rooftop garden designed specifically for honey bees. The installation will take place on Tuesday November 9th from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the roof of the recently remodeled Ice Storage House owned by Resource Conservation Technology in Baltimore.

Demonstrations explaining green roof technology will be held throughout the installation, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the installation and beekeeping. Admittance is free and open to the public. One of the greatest threats to honey bees today is the lack of habitat due to urban sprawl. The garden will provide an ever-blooming habitat and water source for bees while reducing the building’s energy consumption. Green roofs slow and store contaminated storm-water runoff, reduce air-borne pollutants, and mitigate the urban heat island effect, thus benefiting the urban environment and the bay.

Green Roof Service LLC and ADI combine their extensive experience to bring sustainable design to the Baltimore area. Theirs is the first green roof with honey bees in Maryland and one of the first of its kind in the country. Join them as they create this mutually beneficial environment up on the roof.

To learn more, CLICK HERE.


Post Update: This event has past, but you can see photos of the Honey Bee roof top garden HERE.


Baltimore Beekeeping

Be A Baltimore Beekeeper

BeesOver the past several months search terms relating to “Baltimore Beekeeping” have brought many visitors to the Baltidome Blog.  Unfortunately, most inquiries led info seekers to posts on beekeeping events in Baltimore that had since past.  Well, no longer… what follows is some information to help aspiring Baltimore City beekeepers.

According to an interview with Maryland state apiarist, Jerry Fischer, the Baltimore Citypaper reported in 2008 that Baltimore has 32 recorded beekeepers in the city.  Below are the rules for beekeeping from the Baltimore City Health Department site:

Authority:  Baltimore City Health Code, Title 2, § 2-106; Title 10, Subtitles 1 and 3.

Beekeeping is permitted in the City only if:
1. the activity is registered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture;
2. no more than 1 hive, containing no more than 1 swarm, is kept for each 2,500 square feet of lot area;
3. hives and swarms are kept so that:
a. they are inaccessible to the general public; and
b. bee movement to and from the hive does not unreasonably interfere with the
proper enjoyment of the property of others, with the comfort of the public, or with
the use of any public right-of-way; and
4. proof of Maryland Department of Agriculture registration is readily available for
inspection by the Bureau of Animal Control on request.


According to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Law requires everyone who keeps bees to register their colonies within 30 days of first obtaining a honey bee colony and then annually thereafter.  For a registration application, CLICK HERE.


To meet and get involved with fellow beekeepers, become a member of the Maryland State Beekeepers Association. The association’s local officer for Baltimore City is MSBA Vice President Bob Crouse (  According to their site, “the MSBA Vice President will be the most knowledgeable person about beekeeping and beekeepers in your area”.


Miller Bee Supply
12920 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21220
Phone: (410) 335-3424


Baltimore Parks and People conducts regular workshops on beekeeping in Baltimore. For information on upcoming classes, contact Sarah Krones at 410-448-5663, ext. 114 or


Baltimore has a one of a kind CSA through Baltimore Honey Beehive where member pay $45 and are gaurunteed at least 1 pound of B’more HON Et brand micro-local natural/organic raw honey. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore City Beekeeping: Wanna Try It? -Learn How.


According to an interview with Maryland state apiarist, Jerry Fischer, the Baltimore Citypaper reported last year that Baltimore has 32 Beekeepers in the city.  The demise of many bee colonies across the country has created great concern and has brought a renewed interest in beekeeping.  Are you interested in being a beekeeper in Baltimore?

Rules & Regulations For Beekeeping In Baltimore: CLICK HERE.

Do you like the idea of having bees around, but you aren’t ready to be a beekeeper?  CLICK HERE to learn from our pal, Joel The Urban Gardener, how to invite bees and other critters to your garden.