Bees Come to Our Rooftop Condos
One of our key missions at Watertower Place is to create and sustain essential ecosystems in our 'rational factory' in the heart of the Grove. We are pleased to partner with Owen Brooks of Brooks Bees Wildflower Honey to introduce honey production to our rooftop 'bee condos'. The 'bee condos' were originally designed to function as light wells to permit natural light into the fourth floor. Since natural light was not ideal for the meat packing industry, the window portions were sealed off and all that remains today are five little concrete condos with windows. For honey bees to produce honey, they consume pollen and nectar from a variety of flowers. Watertower Place is strategically located in the Grove and adjacent to the Pueblo Riverwalk, Arkansas River and the Fountain Creek --- making it the ideal destination for bees to find sustenance. The majority of honey bee larvae eat honey, but larvae that are chosen to become future queens will be fed with royal jelly.making
Pollinators transfer pollen and seeds from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so it can grow and produce food. Cross-pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off.
Bees need to drink water routinely as we do. Additionally, water (or sometimes nectar) is critical for diluting the gelatinous food secreted from the head glands of nurse bees, so that the queen, developing larvae, drones, and worker bees can swallow the food. Bees need water to dilute stored honey that has crystallized (become too high in glucose). We thank Owen Brooks for making this special opportunity possible.
In the coming years we plan to launch our own private food label Watertower Place as part of our Gourmet Ghetto platform. We are re-thinking the 'rational factory' in new ways which make our little village in the Grove a bit sweeter - bee cool.
Through the generous support and understanding of Formulary 55, Watertower Place will nurture a unique bee ecosystem on the rooftops of Watertower Place.
Experience non-agricultural honey harvesting techniques at Watertower Place. Typically beekeepers will place their hives in heavy agricultural areas which are full of chemicals and pesticides. Our location at the confluence of three bodies of water will ensure healthy bees and tasty honey.
STEM CENTER PARTNERSHIP
Watertower Place works with a variety of community thought leaders and institutions to provide critical educational and training programs for our 'rational factory'. Our Bee Cool Project is strategically aligned with the biology focus at the PCC STEM Program and we will offer students hand-on-training on-site at Watertower Place in the Grove.