The latest buzz in the beauty world is a literal one: bee venom facials. Also known as apitherapy, bee venom is said by purveyors and devotees to have anti-aging properties.
Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.
A bee colony from a hive at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is shown up close. The honey bees of choice in most apiaries are Italian bees, which are gentle, hard-working, clean, reluctant to swarm and great comb builders.
The buzz about honeybees in recent years has been about their vanishing act from gardens and farm fields.
Michael S. Thompson (standing) is the man behind the many custom constructed bee hives around downtown Chicago, including the prominent pride-and-joy Mayor Daley colonies based atop Chicago City Hall.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's push for a "green scene" landscape in the downtown, with flowering planters and vast public park spaces, are an added draw for the hobby of urban beekeeping in the Windy City.
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