East Nashville gardeners may notice an increase in honeybees this year, thanks to the rooftop hives Turnip Truck has installed at the Woodland Street store.
“The bees really epitomize the Turnip Truck spirit, making local honey and supporting our neighbors through increased pollination,” said John Dyke, Turnip Truck founder and owner.
Honeybees typically pollinate within a three-mile radius, and Turnip Truck hopes area gardeners will notice an uptick in buzzy backyard visitors this year.
The wooden hive bodies were handmade locally by Bon Aqua Springs Woodenware, Tenn.
Their hope is to eventually harvest enough of their own honey to use it in their prepared foods. They also see the hives as an opportunity “to build community among local hobbyist beekeepers by raising awareness of the craft.” Turnip Truck’s hives are currently installed in preparation for a strong first rooftop honey harvest. “This is community outreach in its purest form,” Store Director Phillip Hill said.