Beekeeping is another traditional craft seeing a bump in popularity due to rising concern over locally and sustainably produced foods. However, modern beekeepers are also in it to help combat the dwindling of the nation’s bee population.
In many ways beekeeping hasn’t changed, in that it still involves breeding honeybees, maintaining their hives, and harvesting their honey. But another new aspect is that it’s being taken up again in cities as it becomes legalized, and that modern beekeepers find themselves campaigning for its legalization. The New York Times reported that beekeeping became legal in the past two years in many municipalities from New York to Salt Lake City, and that many more are considering lifting their bans. The New York City beekeeping club now has about 900 members, a number double that of just a year ago.
Typically, beekeepers don’t do it for the money, and most do it as a hobby. But there are jobs in beekeeping, and others still have the prospect of selling honey ($3- $6 per pound), pollen, and beeswax products. Some also rent out their hives to other beekeepers ($40- $100). Some lose money or break even, but depending on the amount of hives one keeps, it can be profitable.