August 12, 2011
Bottling Honey from the Rooftop Hives

On a sunny August afternoon, in the back of the City Center dining room, Marcia Lieberman, Tova Green, and Daigan Gaither bottled honey from City Center’s own rooftop bee hives.

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It’s been just five months since master beekeeper Alan Hawkins helped install the bees. In that time, the colony has grown from 15,000 to 100,000. That’s right, 100,000 bees!

This is the second batch of  honey bottled from City Center’s rooftop hives — and sold under the distinctive “Bee Zen” label (true!). It will be available starting Saturday in the Zen Center Bookstore. Proceeds benefit the Zen Center garden program.

Joshua Sandeman
Arts & Culture, Features, Zen Practice

Medicine and the Dharma

Joshua Sandeman, a former SFZC resident, is a Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon. “Medicine puts me face-to-face with all manner of human suffering and it can be a challenge to take care of feelings of burnout, detachment, and despair."