I live in Houston, TX, and I’ll be setting up my flow hive in a community garden. I have a few questions and ideas I’d like to bounce of the community here. The head horticulturalist and the staff of the garden is very excited about setting up a beehive, but we’d like to do our research before setting one up. Especially, we’d like to know how bee hives function in similar community gardens. This community garden (2 acres) is part of larger garden (20 acres), which is adjacent to 500 acre urban green space. However, the place where I would set up the hive is only about 20 feet from a road with apartment buildings on the other side. The garden itself doesn’t use any pesticide, though the city might spray nearby. Does anyone in this community know of other bee hives like the one I plan to set up?
Also, a key part of this idea is public education. Especially in the city, kids don’t know where or how food comes from. How can we incorporate a bee hive into education about food, insects, and agriculture while maintaining a safe and healthy relationship between the general public and the bees? We’ve thought that building a fence around the hive with windows might be a good idea, but do you have any other solutions?