We recently noted that the Waldorf Astoria is breaking out some beehives this year - the hotel is going to raise its own honey bees in a rooftop garden and then use the sweet stuff they produce as an ingredient in the hotel's restaurants. Well, Brooklyn Grange, the massive rooftop farm that sells to many area restaurants and acts as a local CSA, is also getting into the honey-making game. Not only will they get 20 hives that will produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of honey, the operation will act as an educational center that will train other burgeoning urban beekeepers.
So, how is a small operation going to fund such a massive project? Through Kickstarter! We've noted how the online fundraising tool has been used to help out NYC restaurants (notably the well-received Colonie in Brooklyn), and now the Grange is following suit. They are looking to bring in $20,000 and are pretty close at press time, with less than $3,000 left to go. Of course, pledging comes with its perks. For $10 you can get a drone named after you and for $1,000 a queen bee will bear your moniker. If you want to help out the hive, check out the info here.