Last Saturday there was a mini-conference about urban beekeeping and I went there to see what is happening with the beekeeping in Montreal.
There was around 30 people present (I didn't really count) and from the MAA there were only Yoan (who was presenting the Santropol Roulant beekeeping operations),and me (just an observer), that I could recognize :)
The event was organized by Les Amies du Champ des Possibles, and several groups presented their involvement with the bees and beekeeping (the MAA was not invited to present). See the list of the participants here.
Most of the presenting groups have started their projects this, or last year, or so, and it was interesting to hear their experiences with the startups, and their take on the success of their beekeeping attempts.
The mayor of Rosemont and "conseiller" of the district Delorimier, Plateau-Mont-Royal were also there talking about the possibilities relative to the issue of the beekeeping in urban settings, but my attention was drifting away and I picked up just some bits and pieces of their talk. Nevertheless, their presence was highly commendable!
Anicet Desrochers, and organic beekeeper and queen breeder gave an interesting talk about the urban beekeeping and brought with him a TB hive for demonstration.
Overall, the event was fun and very informative, and I met some new, and interesting people there. Although the things that we do at the MAA is far advanced than all those presented projects (but that is understandable as we've been around since 2007, we have a wonderful location for our "operations", and supportive Mac administration :)), my hat down for their effort an vision, and to the organizers of the event.
We need more peopleinvolved with beekeeping for sure.