The couple bringing bees to Auckland backyards.
Rent a hive, save the bees and reap the rewards Jessie Baker (above left), is one-half of Bees Up Top, a beekeeping couple who rescue bees from extermination and put them in hives they rent out around Auckland.
Where are some of the hives you install located?
These are high-rolling bees – we’re installing them on the rooftops of buildings in Auckland city with views of Rangitoto and the Viaduct. We also install hives in people’s backyards and find that people’s gardens are thriving because of the bees.
Why put hives in the city? Urban areas are fantastic places for bees to live because there is a constant nectar flow from all the parks, trees, gardens and window boxes. It’s unlike the countryside – that’s dominated by pesticides and fertiliser-treated crops that kill bees.
What are the benefits of having a hive? You are doing your part for the environment! Bees can no longer survive in the wild by themselves because of disease. We also take all the hard work out of it for you by managing the hive and giving you the honey in personalised jars.
Why are you guys so passionate about saving bees?
Bees pollinate one-third of the world’s food. Without bees, our diets would be depressingly poor. We would be forced to survive on wind-pollinated crops: wheat, barley and corn, and little else. Imagine shops without raspberries, apples, strawberries, peas, beans, courgettes, melons, tomatoes, pumpkins and much more. Honey bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss, so it’s up to us to do something about it!
You also help schools get hives? Yes. For every 10 hives installed, we install one for free at a school. See beesuptop.co.nz for more info