The Beez Kneez Urban Apiary Partners
The Beez Kneez partners with Twin Cities restaurants, museums, food co-ops, schools, and urban farms to bring honey bee hives to the city. In 2015, we have 8 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. We’re so excited to grow these partnerships.
Our Honeyapolis Wildflower honey is sourced from our Urban Apiaries! Try honey from your zip code! Just like our neighborhoods, all of these honeys have a unique flavor, floral profile and taste as well as history. This honey is a direct result of our efforts to provide a taste-based education and build communities around the bees we keep. Each Zipcode represents a Beez Kneez Urban Apiary Partner. Available for samples and purchase at the Beez Kneez Honey House or at the Farmer’s Market!
Joining the hive in 2016, we welcome St. Paul zip codes…
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55105-St. Catherine University
We finally crossed the river to serve our friends in St. Paul starting with our awesome partnership with the St. Catherine University Biology department. St. Catherine University is one of the most comprehensive Catholic universities in the nation, with a premier baccalaureate college for women at our core. St. Kate’s educates students to lead and influence by integrating the liberal arts throughout every program, from associate to doctorate. At every degree level, St. Kate’s serves a diverse student population, developing ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders. For more, visit stkate.edu. As a women-owned business, we love their mission to… educate students to lead and influence. Nestled safely on the green roof above Fontebonne Hall, our two hives have been made famous by a live bee cam and are recorded with go-pros each visit. Big ideas are coming down the tubes on how we can further reach the campus and beyond so stay tuned but for now, check out this awesome blog out together by Chris Palahniuk here.
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55104-Can Can Wonderland
Are you ready for the most entertaining and exciting art space to hit the Twin Cities this year ? We have partnered with Can Can Wonderland to put bees above the magic happening below. Can Can Wonderland includes indoor artist-designed mini golf, a Coney-Island style boardwalk of amusements, two blackbox theatre stages, and concessions. They are the first arts public benefit corporation in Minnesota; with a social purpose to be an economic engine for the arts.
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55407-Hennepin History Museum
Joining forces this year with a 3rd museum in Mpls, the lovely beeople at this funky museum aptly named hives we placed on the roof Historbees! Not only did our bees get a warm welcome with a clever name, they also invited 5 Healthy Bees Healthy Lives Pollinator Patches on their grounds. Founded in 1938 as the Hennepin County Historical Society, Minneapolis-based Hennepin History Museum is dedicated to bringing the diverse history of Hennepin County and its residents to life through exhibitions, library, collections, publications, and educational programs. Your history. Your museum. For more information, visit hennepinhistory.org or call 612.870.1329.
For more info on our Healthy Bees Healthy Lives Pollinator Patches and how to get your very own garden to feed pollinators, click here.
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55407 The American Swedish Institute
A strong partner since 2014, these bees have a royal setting. The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum that links Minneapolis history with the best of contemporary Swedish and Nordic culture. Check out our rooftop hives from the 2nd and 3rd floor windows.
******Hyper-local honey alert. Honey from these hives can be purchased in their lovely gift shop!
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55416-The Bakken Museum
One of our returning Urban Apiary Partners from 2014, The Bakken Museum was started by the co-founder of Medtronic, and is a museum of electricity! The Bakken is working to inspire a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. Stop by and see our hive later this summer- Minneapolis Public Schools Lake Harriet Lower 2nd Graders gave a generous donation to the Beez Kneez, and we’ve commemorated their gift at our hives at the Bakken!
***Hyper-local honey alert. Honey from these hives can be purchased in the museum gift shop!
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55413
Food Building The Food Building at 1401 Marshall Ave NE is home to Red Table Meat Co., Lone Grazer Creamery and restaurant The Draft Horse where Beez Kneez honey and mustard are sold retail and included on the menu! We share the values of locally sourced and sustainable farming methods supported by the businesses that operate below our rooftop hives.
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55406 Gandhi Mahal 2015
Gandhi Mahal’s mission is to provide high quality, healthy food that promotes a peaceful mind and experience in a soothing environment. A dynamo Indian cuisine restaurant dedicated to sustainability and propping up the urban farming community. Not only do they now host our hardworking honeybees on the roof, they also have the first closed-loop aquaponics system ever installed in a Minnesota restaurant and source thousands of pounds of produce grown locally. We are thrilled to have them as a new partner!
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55117 Minnesota Waldorf School
A partner since 2014, MN Waldorf School in St. Paul provides a very supportive location for bees. Waldorf curriculum is designed to introduce students to core academic subjects while integrating arts, movement, music and life skills. The curriculum awakens in the child a respect for cultural origins and historical foundations, fostering a sense of world citizenship. At the same time, a spirit of scientific inquiry and a love of learning is cultivated in students, preparing them for lifelong success.
One of the oldest food co-ops in Minneapolis and has been a partner to the Beez Kneez for the past 4 years. An obvious partner to take on for hosting our bees in 2015, they sustain a healthy community with equitable economic relationships, positive environmental impacts, and Inclusive, socially responsible practices.
***Hyper-local honey alert. Honey from these hives can be purchased in the store!
And in 2016, we added 2 hives just down the street to the rooftop of the soon to reopen Seward Co-op Creamery Cafe. The Co-op Creamery Café builds on the relationships our co-op has cultivated for more than 40 years, and it provides an avenue to increase market share for small-scale, local farmers. Café employees — whether working in the back or front of house — earn a living wage, and all full-time employees have access to full benefits. We prioritize and promote giving back to the community, so all gratuities are directed to SEED, Seward Co-op’s community giving program. The Co-op Creamery is more than a place to gather or share a meal; it is part of an enterprise that drives social change.
Honey-apolis Wildflower #55409-Seward Co-op Friendship Store
We also placed two hives at their 2nd location, In 2013, Seward Co-op announced its second store, the Friendship store, at 38th St. and Clinton Ave. The Friendship store opened in October 2015, and offers the opportunity to bring together more people around good food.