We’re proud to host another type of “life science” tenant at Menlo Park Labs: beautiful Italian honey bees and beehives from Alvéole, the urban beekeeping company. Thousands of our new colleagues joined the existing bee population on campus in early 2020 to pollinate the urban flora that surrounds us during the summer. At the end of the season, we harvest their honey in a sustainable way and share it with our community.
The global bee population is in serious danger, and that means our entire food system is too. We partnered with Alvéole to help protect this vital part of our ecosystem. Alvéole has worked with hundreds of companies and schools on beekeeping projects across the U.S. and Canada to nurture and grow the bee population. Their work is creating greater ecological awareness, allowing city dwellers to reconnect with nature and heighten their sense of responsibility towards the environment.
Worried about stings? Don’t be. Bees aren’t really interested in humans. They have one goal, and one goal only: to collect nectar and pollen from flowers within a three-mile radius of their hive, and bring it back to ensure the colony’s development. The Italian bees in our hives are also extremely docile and known to be good neighbors.
We offer Menlo Park Labs tenants numerous opportunities to get involved with our urban beekeeping project, including workshops, learning events and more.
If you would like to hear more about the Alveolee bee hives, please visit alveole.buzz/en/