OUR BEES, OUR CITY, OUR LOSS, OUR FIRM RESOLVE

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  1. Esper says:

    Keep up the good work and spirit,
    Esper, Helvoirt, the Netherlands Europe

  2. Ettamarie says:

    I am forwarding this on to our association’s yahoo chat group and the Irish Beekeepers’ yahoo group.

  3. Hope we can send you some money to rebuild in the spring.

  4. BeeingPat says:

    You’ll get help from far and wide! Maybe we need to be thinking how to rebuild bee-yards to withstand flooding. Publicize what you need, and it will come. Our hearts go out to you, as well as your lost and found bees.

  5. Canida says:

    I’m gutted for you. Hope you can re-build your colonies come spring, don’t give up.
    London UK

  6. There is nothing more disheartening then losing a hive, let alone most of them. Our deepest sympathies go out to our fellow beekeepers. We will send what we can and we wish you the best in the recovery

  7. KH says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss!

    As a fellow beekeeper, I’m interested to hear more about your thought process around storm prep. I know hindsight is 20/20, but as you solicit more funds to rebuild… Did you consider moving all or some of the colonies to higher ground? Would you do things differently next time?

    Bon courage!

  8. Anastasia says:

    Hey Kellen, yes, hindsight is indeed 20/20. Nobody was predicting the flood waters would surge as high as they did and by the time they were projecting anywhere close to the levels that we were hit with, it was too late for us to move the hives as the Navy Yard had to shut off power and close down. They were kind enough to let Ben in to try and weigh down the hives but the time it would have taken us to wrassle up enough help to move all the hives would have rendered the effort null even if we had been permitted to bring a troop into the Navy Yard. I think we all need to do things differently moving forward, as climate change transforms our planet. We are also proactively trying to have a positive affect on the planet, which we realize is only a ripple in the sea change, but in generations to come I think we’ll be asking ourselves why we didn’t all do things differently. Thanks for your well-wishes!

  9. […] to rebuild their apiary and put out a call on their website for donations.  Read more about Sandy’s impact on the bees here, or go ahead and donate to the rebuilding effort […]

  10. […] Brooklyn Grange lost their apiary and over one million honey bees, which had been located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in the storm. Last spring, the Grange raised $22,000 through Kickstarter to build the city’s largest apiary. You can help them rebuild their apiary by donating here. […]

  11. […] Brooklyn Grange lost their apiary and over one million honey bees, which had been located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in the storm. Last spring, the Grange raised $22,000 through Kickstarter to build the city’s largest apiary. You can help them rebuild their apiary by donating here. […]

  12. […] Brooklyn Grange lost their apiary and over one million honey bees, which had been located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in the storm. Last spring, the Grange raised $22,000 through Kickstarter to build the city’s largest apiary. You can help them rebuild their apiary by donating here. […]

  13. […] Our bees, our loss, our firm resolve (Brooklyn Grange) Heartbreaking blog and photos track how these urban bees were battered by Hurricane Sandy. […]

  14. Alice Russell says:

    I belong to a community garden in Arlington, VA. We also have three bee hives and a number of trained bee keepers. Our garden is a block wide and about a half block long. We have 70 plots that we rent from the county. We do our own maintenance of our water lines and pay for our own water and mulch that we get from the county. We also have a picnic area and grills as well as tool sheds for big tools and mowers. We have inspections every two weeks to make sure gardeners are using their plots. We have had hives swarm but sometimes we can recapture them. I am sending your e-mail to our head gardener. What happened to you is devastating. I hope you get up and running soon. Alice Russell

  15. Ellyn Brooks says:

    I am so sorry about your loss.What people do not seem to understand – is your loss will be felt everywhere your bees foraged. I lived in Centreville, VA for 7 years, and it was surreal how few pollinators of any kind there are. I can count on one hand how many honeybees I saw during that time. There were a few carpenter bees and hornets, and for a short while during the warmest part of the summer, some hummingbird moths. I lived at the end of a pipestem where a stretch of woods and tributary of a stream ran. I contemplated Mason Bees, but the HOA was not in favor of that.
    Are you familiar with Jones Farm near Cornwall, NY? Not far from you. They have bees. They are a wonderful family. Perhaps they could donate some of theirs.
    How do you make a donation just for your farm and/or bee replacement fund?

  16. […] The photos on the Brooklyn Grange journal page show the devastating aftermath and the carnage that Sandy left behind on that pier – including a video of the one hive that somehow survived — now known as the Hurricane Hive. (http://www.brooklyngrangefarm.com/hurricanebees/) […]

  17. Gaynor Cote says:

    Will you be looking for apprentices for your beekeeping venture?

    Best of luck.

  18. Anastasia says:

    We will indeed! Please email chase@brooklyngrangefarm.com for more info! Thanks!

  19. Jake says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. As a felllow beekeeper I know how hard it is to find bees especialy after a storm let alone a hurricane. It took me about half a year to get 1 swarm. I am a top bar beekeeper an I am very sorry about your losses of hives and I hope you recover quickly from your loss of hives and bees. Good luck!!!

  20. Anastasia says:

    Thanks, Jake! That means the world to us! The support of the beekeeping and bee-loving community is what allowed for us to rebuild our apiary. Keep keepin’ those bees! :)

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