Tuesday, April 19, 2011

HK Honey - Urban Beekeepers

Michael Leung of HK Honey at the Ngau Tau Bee Farm
Urban Beekeeping has become increasingly popular around these parts - last summer it seemed like everyone was keeping bees on their roof, or in their back yard, or hanging off their fire escape (just kidding about that one).  We like bees.  We like urban beekeeping.  We really like it when strange things happen - such as the Brooklyn bees that hit up the Dells' Maraschino Cherries Company in Red Hook and subsequently made red honey.  Now that is awesome. 

But we digress.

Now beekeeping in Hong Kong? That's something we can chew on.  HK Honey is a group of beekeepers, artists and designers who are keeping bees via their network of bee farms, harvesting the honey and serving it up for the masses.  Founded by Michael Leung (a product designer), HK Honey distributes boxes of bees around the incredible skyline of Hong Kong.  It is really amazing that the bees thrive in the city, and dear reader, we need them - they help pollinate roughly one third of our food! 

Their locally sourced honey is packaged intelligently: the glass is reusable, and the lid of the honey container doubles as a candle.  Genius we say.

You should probably know by now, we are suckers for packaging, but we are total suckers for a well edited, beautiful video that kinda makes us want to order a box of our own of those charming little guys.   This wonderful piece is directed by Kiku Ohe.

Without further ado:


Nokia - HK Honey from The Silentlights on Vimeo.

Check out the Waggle Dance after the jump:



They even have these lovely infographics describing the HK Honey process:





If you're interested in becoming a beekeeper (and you're in the Hong Kong area - Click Here).

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