Urban Apiary Partners

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The Beez Kneez partners with Twin Cities restaurants, food co-ops, universities, and green buildings to bring honey bee hives to the city. In 2018, we have 10 such host sites- wonderful, excited, passionate folks with an interest in bees and the connections they bring to education, our food system, the environment. Each host site is unique- and, in having a diversity of partners, we have had the opportunity to co-develop a number of different models for incorporating the hives into the goals of the organizations like creating pollinator friendly landscapes and planning events. We’re so excited to grow these partnerships.

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             St. Kates Bio Club

           St. Kates Bio Club

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St. Catherine's University

In 2016 St. Catherine University, led by the Biology Department and BioClub, partnered with us to install 2 honey bee hives on the GreenRoof located at the south end of Fontebonne Hall. AS a result of our partnership, we have designed an immersive summer bio-course for college students Called Healthy Bees Healthy lives to learn more not only about the biology of bees but about out efforts to protect all pollinators. They even installed a bee cam to watch the bees come in go! Click here to check it out        

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Can Can Wonderland

Can Can wonderland is an indoor Artist-designed mini golf course with Vintage arcade games, Delicious eats, drinks and Live performances.  They support small makers and producers like ourselves.

we are grateful to keep bees above such a supportive art community. They use the Rooftop honey in cocktails they serve at the bar!

 

 

 

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Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op

One of the food co-ops in St. Paul that hosts our bees and carries our honey in their 3 St. Paul locations. Every year they have a plant sale that sells pollinator friendly plants and they are a sponsor of our 5th Annual Healthy Bees Healthy Lives event, The Dandelion Honey Pastry Chef Challenge. 


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Seward Community Co-op friendship Store

We have two sites sponsored by the Seward Community co-op who's mission is Equitable economic relationships; Positive environmental impacts; Inclusive, socially responsible practices.

Both stores sell our honey and they have been strong supporters of the Healthy Bees healthy lives advocacy campaign since its inception.  the support of the food co-ops has been instrumental on the success of our work.

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Seward Community Co-op Franklin Store

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The Bakken Museum

Did you know bees use static electricity to gather pollen? One of our very first Urban apiary partners, The Bakken Museum is a wonderful place to learn more about the history of electricity and much more.

Since 1975,  They have been committed to nurturing a passion for science in visitors from around the world. Founded by Earl Bakken, a Minneapolis native and co-founder of Medtronic, The Bakken Museum offers something for everyone.

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Food Building 

Located on the river in NE mpls, Food building is a sweet spot for our urban bees and a natural partner based on their mission to support local farmers and food. FOOD BUILDING is home to Red Table Meat Co. and Baker's Field Flour & Bread.  "We value not only the foods themselves, but the methods and intention ushered in by each maker.  Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts."

Try all of these products and the delicious creations at The Draft horse restaurant which is connected to the building and serves our honey and mustard in several dishes

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Greenway BuilDing Hiawatha

AS A PEDAL-powered beekeeping organization, it was an obvious fit for us to partner with Wellington Management, the landlords of our pedal-powered coffee friends at Peace Coffee.  It is really amazing to visit these bees and see them feeding on the flowers that grow on the green roof! Imagine a world where all the building in an urban setting had such mutually beneficial relationships with the natural world!

The Greenway Office Building, purchased by Wellington Management, Inc. in 2009, epitomizes a "green" building both in design and location. The building includes a photo voltaic (solar) panel array to reduce electrical consumption, a geothermal heating/cooling system to reduce energy consumption, a green roof/rooftop garden and native prairie grass lawn to enhance rain water retention and eliminate the need for lawn irrigation. The building is ideally located for public transportation and access just a block from the light rail station at Lake and Hiawatha, bus routes along Lake Street and is situated adjacent to the Greenway Bike Commuter Path. Constructed to many of the design points of LEED (Leadership Energy Efficient Design) this Energy Star building hosts many non-profit and for profit tenants working toward better housing and a more energy independent tomorrow. To learn more about Wellington Management, Inc., and its vast portfolio

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Gandhi Mahal Restaurant

Gandhi Mahal has been a pioneer in the restaurant industry committing to sustainable practices from aquaponics in the basement that provide fish for the menu, produce from gardens in the neighborhood and solar panels on the roof with more plans. Bees are a natural fit!

Their mission speaks for itself... to provide high quality, healthy food that promotes a peaceful mind and experience in a soothing environment.

We are dedicated to the peaceful principles that Mohandas Gandhi advocated in his lifetime. We admire and aspire to his ability to bring diverse people of different beliefs together.We invite you to join us in creating a special gathering place where people can come together to enjoy exquisite Indian cuisine served with grace and style.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

We believe in a policy of environmental responsibility and sustainable and ethical economics. We achieve this in many ways, from small details such as using containers for leftovers that can be re-used many times – to growing our own food in community gardens and purchasing locally – to donating monetarily and by volunteerism to causes both local and global.