I keep 4 bee hives in the city in a community garden. Beekeeping started out as a hobby. I have always been fascinated by honey bees, their society, their intelligence, their dedication to their work and of course, I get to have some of the delectable honey. In my first year of beekeeping, I was always anxious whenever I tended the bees. There were days where I would have 3 to 4 stings and sometimes on my eye or lip. Now I am going into my sixth year of keeping bees and I am much calmer. Now I sometimes tend to them in my bare hands and I don’t get stung. I think they got to know me better as I have learned to be calm around them. For me, beekeeping is no longer just a hobby; it’s part of my contribution to a sustainable environment. Bees are one of the most, if not the most, crucial pollinators in the world. And even in the community garden, I noticed they have made a big difference. I have a lot of pride in my beekeeping. They help me understand the world much better. These ladies (most of the honeybees are female) are the best of me and they may just be the best of you too.