today we have an interesting little article about an alternative but double use of a graveyard. Also I wanted to say that Tom and I are still working behind the scenes to return Lost and Found Ohio's picture galleries and other odds and ends back into shape after our current software update has had some more bugs to work out and we apologise to our long time fans for the inconvienience of the galleries being down/incomplete currently.
Bees in the Graveyard
from New York Today, by Andy Newman, June 18th 2015
In a distant corner of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, beneath a willow tree, beside a pond called Dell Water, something stirs to life.
Bees, by the hundreds of thousands.
The city’s largest cemetery is in the honey business.
In April, a beekeeper installed six hives not far from the cemetery’s southern wall.
It is an oddly good fit. Green-Wood, a 478-acre greensward, has been trying to make a name for itself as a nature spot, not just as a pretty graveyard.
Besides, what could be sweeter than honey from daisies pushed up by departed Brooklynites?
The beekeeper, Davin Larson, got the idea last fall during a concert at the cemetery’s chapel.
“I was thinking about this amazing huge beautiful green space in the middle of Brooklyn and they have 24/7 security,” he said. “I just thought, ‘This is the ideal place to keep bees in the city.’ ”
Green-Wood’s superintendent of grounds, Art Presson, said the bees were plentifully supplied.
Fragrant linden trees are in riotous blossom right now.
“There’s clover,” Mr. Presson said. “Not a lot of it because of lawn treatments, but as we go toward organic treatments there will be more in the near future.”
If all goes well, the honey — possibly this fall, more likely next — will be sold at the cemetery’s welcome center.
It will be called the Sweet Hereafter.
The bees’ new neighbors have not complained about their presence, Mr. Larson said. Nor have their relatives.
“One guy told me, ‘I have 27 family members buried within 10 feet of here and I think it’s great.’ ”