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sKinny jaKe’s Fat Honey { m i n n e a p o l i s, u s a } After being banned for more than 30 years, urban beekeeping was legalized by the Minneapolis City Council in 2009. It was at this point that Jake and his wife decided to take advantage of the new ordinance and set up a hive in their backyard. It set the groundwork for what would evolve into a network of more than two dozen backyard urban apiaries throughout the city. Countlan talks with Jake on the name of his honey brand and the importance of urban apiaries.

on naming your unpasteurized, raw, local honey and beeswax: my name is jake and i’m a rather lanky fellow, so the skinny jake part came from that. Fat honey felt like it had some attitude, and made a good juxtaposition to skinny jake. i tend all of our hives personally, and i am a big advocate of local honey. i love our bees and our honey, and i often remark how fat and happy they are. thus, skinny jake’s Fat Honey.

why urban (backyard) honey? as urban populations continue to grow, the disconnect between how and where food is made, and how it is purchased and consumed grows larger. people that host hives in their backyards (and their neighbours) get to see a kind of farming and harvesting happening right on their property. they get to eat honeycomb freshly drawn from a hive, they get to smell the welcoming aromas of beeswax and nectar that waft from the hive on a warm day, they get to see an unordered banner of bees in the urban sky condense into the nectary nebula of the hive.



Countlan Issue 05  
Countlan Issue 05  

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