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New Jersey Bee Harvest

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Urban rooftop been farms are a growing trend in building the New Jersey economy.

The owner of Cox Printers in Linden, New Jersey, Michael Kaufman has started a bee farm on his rooftop with the help of beekeeper, Joe Lelinho, who helps farm bees for a lot of different local companies in the Garden State.

Lelinho is an expert in apiaries (bee farming) he has started an outreach to bring bee hives to urban rooftops and hospitals. Businesses like Cox Printers and Overlook Medical Center are not only part of this new trend, but they are also helping to protect bees, Lelinho says that “in New Jersey, the bees are dying off at a faster rate than around in the U.S.”

Experts say that New Jersey is losing 40%-70% of its bee colonies.

Lelinho says, “They are now projecting the honey bee will be extinct in 10 yrs. It’s a big problem and we are fortunate enough to have people like Mike from Cox Printers who say you can put honey bees on our roofs.”

Bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the U.S. and they are essential to the Jersey Fresh economy. Governor Christie, in a recent stamen said, “Without a healthy honey bee population, successful fruit and vegetable production would be at risk. New Jersey's 10,000 bee colonies, represent a $2.5 million honey bee industry for the state and contribute to successful production of nearly $200 million worth of fruits and vegetables annually.”

Whole Foods has started a campaign called “What our produce department would look like without bees.” Since you can’t pollinate without bees, because there is no machine that does it, the produce department becomes very limited to buyers.

Farming local bees in the backyard or on the rooftop is a great trend as long as it’s done in a safe way, its supporters claim.  They say honey that stems from the bees is healthy, tasty and is great for medicinal use.

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