July 29 2013

All is Abuzz as Minneapolis, Minnesota Becomes the #1 Foodie Scene

In recent years Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as the next big thing when it comes to the food scene. Even more so, with the recent onset of organic products and the local food movement, the Twin Cities have been booming with new restaurants conscious of the environment and the impact of producing and buying food locally. Tied into this theme are urban beehives. While most people would not associate beehives with urban settings yet alone food shortage, many crops depend on bees for pollination and therefore the loss of the bee threatens the world’s food supply chain. The bees’ population is becoming increasingly scarce due to factors such as disease, use of pesticides, and lack of available nutrients. So how does this affect the food status and urban planning for all?

Community Garden, Minneapolis, Minnesota

There are numerous benefits of keeping beehives in urban settings. One of these mutual benefits is the close proximity to urban gardens and community parks which helps maintain a natural balance; as bees help to sustain the park and in turn, the parks provide the rich nutrients and enzymes required to sustain the bees. Urban beekeeping is a very beneficial trend emerging on the local food scene. Beekeeping makes it easier and more feasible to provide fresh, organic and locally-grown produce used in many of Minneapolis’ organically certified restaurants.

International Market, Minneapolis, Minnesota

By making beekeeping easier in the city, Minneapolis is joining many other cities in a sustainable effort to save the population. What are some other ways cities can add to the local food movement while preserving the bee population? 

Credits: Images by Jasna Hadzic. Data linked to sources.

Jasna Hadzic

Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but having spent most of her adult life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Jasna Hadzic has been greatly influenced by both cultures, most specifically in terms of architecture, planning, and design. The transition of living in a small European pedestrian-oriented city to a large and vehicle-oriented American city greatly influenced her interest in the field of planning. She came to appreciate the vibrant, culturally diverse and faster-pace of life, while also looking toward her native city as a paradigm of sustainable living with traditional architecture, multi-modal transportation systems, and pedestrian-friendly spaces and streets. A recent Master’s graduate in Community and Regional Planning and G.I.S from Iowa State University, Jasna’s Thesis focused on the analysis of the built environment and demographic factors that influence physical activity, while examining street connectivity and infrastructure. In addition, Jasna holds a B.E.D. in Environmental Design, with a minor in Urban Studies, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her most recent work experience as a Planning Research Assistant at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, as well as volunteer work with the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has exposed her to new city projects, as well as community engagement. Her career goal is to not only work directly on sustainable urban design projects, but to also ensure equitable and sustainable planning practices.

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