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Up On The Roof: Urban Beekeepers

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Veteran urban beekeeper Toni Burnham visits a rooftop beehive.
Andrea Wenzel
Veteran urban beekeeper Toni Burnham visits a rooftop beehive.

You probably won't notice from the sidewalks below, but a number of D.C.'s rooftops are home to honeybee colonies. Some urban beekeepers do it for the honey, some to help the environmental systems bees support and some simply fall in love with bees. But zoning boards have yet to legalize beekeeping in D.C., so Andrea Wenzel visits an undisclosed rooftop in D.C. to get the lowdown.

This story was excerpted from WAMU's new global affairs series, "Latitudes." You can hear more tales of beekeeping and other urban agriculture adventures from D.C. to Kabul on "Latitudes," starting Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m.

[Music: "Up on the Roof" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra from Themes for Young Lovers]


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