By Chris Temelkos
Do you love the sweet taste of fresh honey? Well, you don’t have to go far to find it. Urban beekeeping is rapidly gaining popularity around the world, especially in Toronto and bee enthusiasts are rejoicing in it. The Canadian Opera Company is getting in on it, with its announcement of two hives situated on the roof of its Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and The Royal York has already been producing its own honey for two years with plans of expanding its bee venture.
With a growing movement to local food, beekeeping is a sweet idea, even sweeter when you consider that one hive produces up to 100 pounds of honey in a good year, which translates to about 100 jars at 500 grams each, meaning, there is plenty to go around. Before you jump on the bandwagon, be aware that Ontario law stipulates that hives must be 30 metres from the property line.
If your just buzzing to get started, the initial start-up costs will run you about $500, including the hive, bees, and basic equipment. After that all you will need is jars, cleaning supplies and medications, but it’s definitely worth it, for that sweet taste of honey.