by The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 7 June 2012

From bottle cap gardens to rooftop chicken coops, it’s clear that urban farming is on the rise. And now, we’re turning the spotlight on another city-based project: small-scale beekeeping from Bee Local.

Out of Portland, Oregon, this inspired project is churning out hyper-local, artisan “neighborhood” honey. It all started when owner Damian Magista began to understand how bees living in different areas created uniquely flavored honey. Comparing it with wine, “honey,” he says, “has its own terrior.” Today, Bee Local hosts hives in neighborhoods throughout Portland using sustainable techniques to create urban micro-batch honey, which is then packaged in hand labeled, hand embossed jars with each one named after its locale. The result is sparking conversations about urban landscapes and our environment – not to mention the amazing honey that city bees are churning out. Take that country bee.