© Chris Taylor

© Chris Taylor

ABOUT NYC HONEY FESTIVAL

In 2011, the rooftop farming company Brooklyn Grange, in partnership with area beekeepers, began producing NYC Honey Festival, a celebration of the areas apiarists, honeybees, and the delicious honey that they produce. In 2017 the baton was passed to our friends at Wilk Apiary and they kept the tradition of the NYC Honey Festival alive.

This year will mark the 9th annual Honey Festival and the first year that it will be run by the newly formed Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc., a club unifying the community and beekeepers to support and educate about honeybees and other pollinators. All proceeds will benefit the beekeeping club, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

As honeybee populations decline worldwide, the very survival of our food production system is threatened. The canaries in our agricultural coal mine, Apis mellifera have so much to teach us about ecosystem survival and resilience. Their incredible hierarchy, astounding industriousness, and the exquisite crops they produce have been revered by humans since ancient times. We must act now to educate ourselves about this critical species and honor the inspiring contributions they make to the health of our struggling planet.