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Honeybees have it tough these days. Despite increased attention from science, colony collapse and the deaths of bees by the millions continue to worry beekeepers and farmers who depend on bees to pollinate their crops worldwide. While many blame systemic pesticide use, the practice continues to dominate modern agriculture, leading beekeepers to fight back by installing beehives in unconventional locations.
That's how eight hives ended up on the roof of Central Market on Lovers Lane earlier this spring. Installed by the American Honey Bee Protection Agency, the hives are fully functional, and nearly 400 pounds of honey was recently harvested with another harvest expected in the fall. Central Market and the protection agency hope the hives will increase awareness about the plight of the honey bee while also giving customers a chance to purchase honey so local it was harvested just steps away.