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The mission of the Urban Apiculture Institute is to promote honey bees and healthy beekeeping practices in Milwaukee County.

We train beekeepers in practical, successful, and responsible urban beekeeping practices and foster closer relationships among beekeepers. Furthermore, we educate the public about the benefits of bees to our environment and the wonderful products of the hive.

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Urban Apiculture Facts

  • Follow us on Facebook logoKeeping bees in urban areas increases vegetable production in gardens as well as seed production in native wildflower gardens.
  • Keeping gentle European honeybees will dilute the aggressive behavior common in feral honeybee colonies.
  • Honeybees are being kept in at least 5 locations in the City of Milwaukee.
  • Honeybees are being kept in virtually every large urban area in the world including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, London, and Paris.
  • More people die per year from lightning (100) than from insect stings

For more information, contact Linda Reynolds, 414-256-4652,

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For more information about the Urban Apiculture Institute or the Certified Beekeeper program, contact Linda Reynolds:

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Harris Byers
Linda Reynolds
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
9501 W. Watertown Plank Road, Building A
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3552


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