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The Buzz About Backyard Beekeeping — Social Soup

The next installment of the regular Social Soup series — a monthly reflection on the social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food — takes a closer look at beekeeping.

Recognizing that bees are compatible with an urban environment, Salt Lake City made beekeeping legal with the passage of a city ordinance in 2009. The city council and mayor appointed Frank Whitby (who also happens to be a biochemistry professor at the U) to the position of city beekeeper to help promote beekeeping and keep the hives on the roof of the downtown Salt Lake City public library. During this presentation, Mr. Whitby will discuss the library hives and other beekeeping activities in Salt Lake City. In addition, the University of Utah’s Beekeeper Association will present on how students can get involved.

Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Library Gould Auditorium for this lively discussion. Vegetarian soup with fresh, locally-grown ingredients will be served, so bring your appetite.

For questions about this event, or about the Social Soup series, contact Katie Hunt
or Lindsay Gezinski. To read more about beekeeping in Salt Lake City, check out this blog post from Sustainable Utah.