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did you hear? National Center for Integrative Medicine A New Flight Pattern at O’Hare Thirty-five honeybee colonies have been installed at the airport By richard mcginnis 2004, the new O’Hare project has taken off and is gaining altitude quickly. We spoke to Brenda Palms-Barber (BPB), Executive Director of NLEN and CEO of Sweet Beginnings, and Amy Malick (AM), Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago De-partment of Aviation to learn more about this unique partnership. M M: How are the hives located safely away from airport and employee interference? A M: The hives are located in a wooded area on airport property. Previously, this site was vacant and undeveloped with no cur-rent or future land uses planned. The ulti-mate location of the apiary was determined based on discussions with the FAA to en-sure that the apiary was far enough from the runway approach lighting system and would not bother any potential electrical mainte-nance or monitoring personnel. M M : Is this the only known apiary at a municipal airport? A M: We are proud to say O’Hare is the first airport in the U.S. to have an on-airport apiary. On-airport apiaries are also some-what common at airports in Germany. M M : Have there been any studies or re-search done on the effect of air traffic on the health and productivity of honeybees? A M: Airports in Germany including Ham-burg, Munich, and Düsseldorf International pioneered on-airport apiary programs as early as 1999. BPB: Data from Germany and from ur-ban apiaries in Chicago have revealed that honey produced in urban areas is actually healthier than in the suburbs where crops are more likely to be synthetically treated. Sweet Beginnings plans to expand to Mid-way Airport and begin distribution of their products at both airports in 2012. For more info and to read the full interview, visit mindfulmetropolis.com/blog One Place , One Focus : Total You National Center for Integrative Medicine is a multi-disciplinary medical practice promoting holistic health incorporating conventional medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutrition, counseling and non-surgical cosmetic medicine in one integrated facility. Call 815.330.3100 today to arrange your consultation, executive assessment, tour or just to meet the staff. For more information visit us on the web @ www.thencim.com and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn 3100 Theodore Street, Joliet, IL 60435 | 815.330.3100 www.thencim.com 10 july 2011 JuLy shines BrighT with promise for Mid-western gardeners, while nature’s “free la-borers”—the honeybees—are hard at work increasing crop value. Through a collaboration between Sweet Beginnings Apiary and the Chicago Depart-ment of Aviation, O’Hare Airport is ready to utilize that “free” labor. Thirty-five honeybee colonies have been installed at O’Hare, with plans to install at least 15 more. Not only does this expansion sweeten the supply of honey and related products, it positions Chicago as having the first airport in the U.S. with an on-site apiary. Bees on runways, you ask? Well, not quite. The project is organized and managed by the North Lawndale Employment Net-work (NLEN), which provides job training to residents locked out of the traditional labor market because of criminal records and oth-er barriers to employment. Though Sweet Beginnings has been buzzing since early

A New Flight Pattern At O’Hare

Richard Mcginnis

Thirty-five honeybee colonies have been installed at the airport<br /> <br /> JuLy shines BrighT with promise for Midwestern gardeners, while nature’s “free laborers”— the honeybees—are hard at work increasing crop value.<br /> <br /> Through a collaboration between Sweet Beginnings Apiary and the Chicago Department of Aviation, O’Hare Airport is ready to utilize that “free” labor.<br /> <br /> Thirty-five honeybee colonies have been installed at O’Hare, with plans to install at least 15 more.Not only does this expansion sweeten the supply of honey and related products, it positions Chicago as having the first airport in the U.S. with an on-site apiary. Bees on runways, you ask? Well, not quite.<br /> <br /> The project is organized and managed by the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), which provides job training to residents locked out of the traditional labor market because of criminal records and other barriers to employment. Though Sweet Beginnings has been buzzing since early 2004, the new O’Hare project has taken off and is gaining altitude quickly.<br /> <br /> We spoke to Brenda Palms-Barber (BPB), Executive Director of NLEN and CEO of Sweet Beginnings, and Amy Malick (AM), Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation to learn more about this unique partnership.<br /> <br /> MM: How are the hives located safely away from airport and employee interference?<br /> <br /> AM: The hives are located in a wooded area on airport property. Previously, this site was vacant and undeveloped with no current or future land uses planned. The ultimate location of the apiary was determined based on discussions with the FAA to ensure that the apiary was far enough from the runway approach lighting system and would not bother any potential electrical maintenance or monitoring personnel.<br /> <br /> MM: Is this the only known apiary at a municipal airport?<br /> <br /> AM: We are proud to say O’Hare is the first airport in the U.S. to have an on-airport apiary. On-airport apiaries are also somewhat common at airports in Germany.<br /> <br /> MM: Have there been any studies or research done on the effect of air traffic on the health and productivity of honeybees?<br /> <br /> AM: Airports in Germany including Hamburg, Munich, and Düsseldorf International pioneered on-airport apiary programs as early as 1999.<br /> <br /> BPB: Data from Germany and from urban apiaries in Chicago have revealed that honey produced in urban areas is actually healthier than in the suburbs where crops are more likely to be synthetically treated.<br /> <br /> Sweet Beginnings plans to expand to Midway Airport and begin distribution of their products at both airports in 2012.<br /> <br /> For more information visit us on the web @ www.thencim.com

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