Last winter, Pat Murphy, a retired schoolteacher turned obsessed beekeeper, called Hodesh up and volunteered to give a free talk with a beekeeper friend on backyard beekeeping. Hodesh said yes, listened, and loved their spirit. "If these guys could grow wings, they'd be bees!" Hodesh says. He agreed to host a beehive if Murphy would set it up and care for it.
Rooftop bees are the rave in big cities like New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Paris. But "to me, it's not a fad," says Murphy, who drives all the way from his home in Mt. Pleasant to tend to Hodesh's bees. "It's a win-win for everybody. The community is having more blooms, more flowers--I mean, these bees are going to be pollinating for a good couple of miles around here."