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The Role of Honeybees and Other Pollinators in Urban Areas

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© Alex Brown Photography, 2014

© Alex Brown Photography, 2014

Join the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and lecturer Tim O'Neal of BoroughBees for a discussion on the role that honeybees and other pollinators play in our local, national, and global food systems, with a particular focus on urban areas. Tim will discuss how bees and humans interact with each other, and how those interactions may be improved and made more sustainable in the future. Tim will be joined for a Q&A session by fellow BoroughBees members Shelly Fank, Kimberly Rubin, and Olivia Weber. Please pre-submit questions to

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit organization that serves as the environmental steward for the Gowanus Canal Watershed. The Conservancy’s vision is an open, clean, and alive Gowanus Canal Watershed.

Tim O'Neal is a NYC public school biology teacher who maintains and consults on hives throughout the city. He has kept bees for almost 20 years and got his first two hives in middle school. (He's also one of the founders of NYC Honey Week!)

Shelly Fank has worked as an environmental consultant, native plant conservationist, beekeeper, and puppet maker all over the US. She's migratory, but her bees are staunch New Yorkers.

Kimberly Rubin came to New York by way of Maine by way of Illinois. This is her third season beekeeping in Brooklyn. She enjoys reading novels that contain obscure references to bees. 

Olivia Weber is a private practice Art Therapist and Yoga Instructor in NYC. She has lived in over 15 states, but was born and raised in Singapore. This is her third year as a beekeeper living in constant awe of these tiny creatures.

Earlier Event: September 10
Honey-Themed Dinner:
The Cleveland
Later Event: September 11
Honey-Themed Dinner: Edgemere Farm