Let loose the bees! Like the surging movement for backyard chickens, bees also have urban anthropic allies, and Denver is the newest metropolis to allow beehives in town. Led by the intrepid Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) crew, bees will now be invited to pollinate mile-high metro-veggies, just like in Seattle, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.

Enjoy the ordinance’s entertaining rules on how hives are to be kept at DUG’s site, but consider that native bees are also to be encouraged.

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Check out this article on Sacramento’s Urban Bee Project, which tries to bolster biodiversity and urban pollination through the planting of vegetation favored by native bees, such as the cantankerous ‘headbonker.’ Me, I’d plant any damn thing if I thought something by that name might come bumbling by.

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