Baehive teaches women to keep bees in south Phoenix

Baehive teaches women to keep bees in south Phoenix

Every other Sunday, a group of women wearing black t-shirts that read “Baehive Sisterhood” pull on white bee suits behind the Orchard Learning Community Center in south Phoenix. 

The school teachers, doulas, homeschool moms and urban farmers never expected they would be inspecting 12 honey bee hives at 8:30 a.m. on a hot weekend morning with sweat dripping down their faces. But what started as a project aimed to educate children about farming has blossomed into a sisterhood thanks to Chanika Forté , who made it her mission to empower, support and provide apicultural education to women of color. 

Since graduating from Forté’s honeybee course, the bees have become part of their lives. Some women have failed and some have successfully tried to catch a swarm of bees, others now have beehives in their backyards, but all the women have learned the benefits of being surrounded by hives. 


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