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"dale gibson" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Urbanist

Monocle 24: The Urbanist

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"dale gibson" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Urbanist

"A different experience. And tell me when you go to city authorities of the plan like this. I understand his piece of line has been little bit contentious. You know what should be built. What should rise on the land us cities more willing to listen to you if you have a project especially i guess in the wake of the pandemic thinking about food. Production are access to food agreeing to more sustainable way of living. I think they are going to be listening to that. We have to get beyond some of the typical attitudes which are that. We draw hard and fast lines between urbanism in agriculture austin. We've been require buffers between farmland and residential development in british columbia. Where we've done this developing in metro vancouver. We have something called agricultural land reserve. And that's an urban containment boundary coat aside legislation and it requires a hundered meter setback between the farming activity in the residential development. And there's no way of blending it and when you talk to them about trying to remove those arbitrary lines on paper start to plan things and integrate things more intricately their first suspicion that you're to develop farm line and so you need to get that and explain what you're actually trying to do is reintegrate farmland with community living view. And you'll company as well a you looking at additional sites where you can deliver this kind of solution facilities. Absolutely not only adopted. Our mission statement as development company is about connecting people through growing food as one of our missions also connecting people through transit. We have a range of development for instance. We're doing now. Four tower one million square foot development across the street from a major transit station in the suburbs did metro vancouver and in that four tower development in surrey british columbia. The courtyard between the four towers will be very much focused on growing food. And and we're developing a food hall in the podium at four towers where we vote to be able to actually deliver food from southlands. It's grown not too far from there and have this vertical integration of this whole concept that we need to be able to grow the kind of food that is healthy and is locally grown like the next generation of farmers. Bob ransford from century group. That and my thanks to him for joining us on the urban nist now one form of urban agriculture often goes over. Our heads is out of agriculture. Otherwise known as beekeeping. You might be surprised to know how many hives already dot the rooftops above you. And certainly the case in our home base of london to investigate this hive of activity. We sent a researcher. Sophie monaghan combs to visit a sustainable beekeeping practice in the uk capital. Let's have a listen in london's old east imposing high buildings overlook streets busy with traffic and commuters on a sunny friday mid morning. Does a buzz in the air. These shiny skyscrapers home not just to the people living in the glass booth. Apartments are joined by particularly busy neighbors. I'm here to meet dale gibson. The co-founder of bamsey st bees and overseer of the rooftop beehives here today which checking in on one of those hives. And i'll hear about what it means to be a sustainable beekeeper in the very center of an urban metropolis. We three in austin lobby and head into left up to level six of one of the towerblocks the hives and never placed above this point. This is about the level of treetops. Anything higher would take the bees out of their natural aspects. We exit the left and head outside to the terrace. Donning white be suits and picking up a smoker a metal contraption that will emit smoke that helps calm the bees there are five beehives each a home to up to seventy thousand bees in all stages of development. We're taking a look inside high number four. Dale take it from him. We've just said goodbye to one of the app sailors who goes down to clean windows and do maintenance who says he always gets on fantastically well with the bees. When is up here and they never have any trouble. We're glad that these bs which we breathe ourselves are calm and bees and get on well with human beings after all. The bee's have been here for eighteen years. We annuity showed up a few hundred thousand years ago. So i think it's great that we get on so well. Let's hope it stays like that. At bamsey. st bees deo walks alongside his wife. Sarah wyndham lewis honey smelly and writer since two thousand seven. They have pioneered artisanal rule. Honey production and traditional ways of beekeeping in the city always ensuring that the welfare of the bees and the surrounding natural environment is prioritized. But we're working hard. It's not easy to keep bees in an urban environment and let's not forget. Bees themselves live in a very and very coherent social structure inside. Hide all the worker. Bees female are the queen's daughters and all sisters or half sisters to each other which means that they have a very strong genetic relationship but that's also followed through with a very strong social relationship safer wind cities as human beings. There's probably a little bit. We can learn from bees about living in chris proximity to our neighbors and how can behave really constructively socially to make everything in our little environment better. So let's open this hive and just consider how these bs live in the city. A smaller box at the top of the pile is why the b.'s will store honey. It's called a super dale. kathy. Lee left south. And when we do this we're gonna to slightly different world so there will dark well out. Here is bright. We communicate through sound and vision seven the hive. The sound is buzz. And the vision is doc say they communicate through vibration and sent far more than the high. So i'm switching on. I'm turning up my sentence vibration senses. I'm slightly lowering. My visual and sound awareness is because i'm entering their environment. So what happens you take the top off. You change their environment from dark to light to hear the bees making in this case quite slowly as you can see around the edges honey. What we did is we swapped these less full frames into the middle of the hive and we put the full of frames and the outside of the hive because the middle is where the heat in the rudeness. Come through to the soup whether bees find it more congenial to draw wax or store food. So here we've got about fifty percent complete super. Here's the queen a little bit of a blue dot on so people often say the queen bee isn't as big as i thought she'd be often say that when they meet our our very own queen elizabeth the second. But it's not important. The size important is how you do your job. And i think most people agree the best fantastic job. So we'll wait for the bees to seal this.

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