adidas tiro pants Lab encourages residents to take up beekeeping
While Researchers at the Honey Bee Research Lab at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus are always looking for new and innovative ways to save declining honey bee populations, they are also focused on much simpler local solutions to the problem.
“There should be some programs to support local beekeeping to make sure they have pollinators in the area,” lab project manager Osman Kaftanoglu said.
Kaftanoglu said childhood education plays an important role in preserving honey bee populations into the future. He encourages beekeepers and local schools to provide programs to teach children the importance of pollinators and the value of beekeeping.
Beyond those educational programs, Kaftanoglu also said that local residents can help maintain bee populations by raising colonies in their backyards.
He stressed that proper preparation and education is important for any would be apiarist who plans to start beekeeping at home. Local residents interested in beekeeping should also be aware of local laws regulating the practice.
“Right now, keeping bees in many states in backyards is not allowed because of Africanized bees,” Kaftanoglu said.
There are no state statutes in Arizona that prevent residents from keeping bees, though local ordinances can vary across the state, Arizona Department of Agriculture Director Mark W. Killian said via email.
Killian added that his department is working with a number of groups and individuals to find solutions to the death and loss of bees.
In the East Valley, Mesa,
Chandler and Tempe all have regulations within their respective municipal codes aimed at preventing insect infestations. However, those codes also include other language that permits beekeeping under appropriate conditions.
Mesa’s Zoning Ordinance specifically allows for raising bee hives also called apiaries in the Agriculture District and states that “buildings or hives for apiaries may not be closer than 75 feet to any neighboring residence.”
In Chandler, having some bees on a residential property in Chandler is not prohibited unless they become a nuisance or a commercial enterprise, Chandler Planning Administrator Jeff Kurtz said via email.
Tempe requires residents to receive a use permit prior to keeping an apiary. The city also requires occupied bee hives to be kept at least 200 feet from any existing dwelling on another property, at least 50 feet away from any property line, and at least 150 feet away from any street or bridle path.
In Gilbert, the land development code allows for the apiaries in the Single Family Residential Zoning Districts with the stipulation that hives must be located at least 100 feet away from the property line.
Killian said one problem faced by many beekeepers is the encroachment of Africanized bees, adding that the Department of Agriculture has resources to help amateur beekeepers fight that and other issues.
“My own personal opinion is that we need to encourage those home owners who want to have their own beehive in their back yard to do so,” Killian said. “The more honey bees we can get into production,
the better off we are for our plants both ornamental and crop production.”