It may not have occurred to you to keep honey bee hives on your rooftop, but there is no reason you cannot. You simply follow the same guidelines that you would if you have a beehive in your backyard or anywhere else. You would be surprised how many beehives are up on rooftops or back porches in cities big and small.
There is a hotel in Toronto, the luxury Fairmont Royal York hotel, opposite Toronto's main railway station, that has installed three bee hives on its 13th floor rooftop terrace to supplement an in-house garden that already provides its nine restaurants with fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers such as edible pansies.
"Last summer, we were up here and talking about how amazing it is that 13 stories in the air, in the middle of downtown Toronto, that ladybugs and bees and butterflies find this and so we got thinking," Executive Chef David Garcelon told Reuters on a tour of the little green oasis.
"I wondered if we could have our own beehives, so I got in touch with the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative. It was one of those things that just came together perfectly."
"Sixty to 70 percent of everything we eat has, at one stage in its development, been pollinated by bees, so if you're at all concerned about agriculture...then bees are tremendously important," said Cathy Kozma, chairwoman of the beekeepers' co-op and regular visitor to the tiny rooftop enterprise.