Backyard Beekeeping in San Diego

After some changes to regulations, backyard beekeeping is growing in popularity in San Diego County. A look at the interesting insects, up close and personal.

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Urban beekeeping is gaining popularity in San Diego County.
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Per regulations, apiaries have to be at least 15 feet from a property line.
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In the county of San Diego, there are now 160 registered beekeepers, and more than 400 apiary locations.
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In San Diego county, commercial bee keeping is a $4 million per year industry.
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Nationally, the USDA reports the value of honey at more than $315 million a year, and bees' impact on crop production at $14.6 billion a year.
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The average colony Kearney maintains can produce about 100 pounds of honey a year.
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Honey sold by Kearney's business is made by bees in backyard hives.
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