Brooklyn Grange is attempting to replenish the dwindling pollinating insect population.

Brooklyn Grange, a commercial organic farm located on New York City rooftops, will soon help to restore the ecosystem again by launching a bee breeding operation. The Brooklyn Grange Apiary project includes an apprenticeship program that mentors dozens of enthusiastic urban beekeepers that get to host their own hives and train future beekeepers the following year.

New York’s largest apiary is expected to produce over 1,000 pounds of honey but before the bees can bring in the honey the project needs to raise $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in order to provide the beekeeping equipment and the costs of bees. In addition to taking a good care of the bees, beekeepers will also carry out a bee breeding program to grow queens that are genetically adapted to New York’s climate.

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