Urban Farmer, Denver, CO
September is National Honey Month! And you best believe we are celebrating here at Urban Farmer Denver. From a weekly “Buzz About Bees” series on our Instagram stories and Chef Chris teaching a beekeeping class at Colorado State University (September 22nd) to raising money to help save the bees through Bees Knees Week donations (September 24th-September 30th) it’s something we take very seriously. So why are bees and National Honey Month so important to Urban Farmer Denver? We’re glad you asked!
Yes, there’s the more obvious reason, that Executive Chef Chris Starkus is the keeper of our three rooftop bee hives which we lovingly call the #milehighhives. But it’s also the fact that the local produce and ingredients (that we need to run a restaurant!) depend on bees to survive. According to YaleEnvironment360 “A recent international study of 41 crop systems on six continents showed that healthy populations of wild bees are key to successful yields of crops ranging from pumpkins to grapefruit.” And “for much of the past 10 years, beekeepers, primarily in the United States and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher, substantially more than is considered normal or sustainable.”
The bottom line? Bee populations are dwindling. And bees are imperative to the food system and are an integral part of every restaurant everywhere, not just ours! So, what can you do to help save the bees and celebrate National Honey Month? Join us between September 24th and September 30th and order a Beekeeper’s Knees cocktail. For every Bees Knees Week cocktail sold, $2 will be donated to saving the bees! Or, ask your server for a local wildflower seed packet next time you’re in. The flowers grown from these seed packets help our bees forage and thrive within the Denver area. You can even raise your own bees! Join Chef Chris Starkus at Colorado State University on September 22nd for an introduction to beekeeping class.