Beware the lady with a smoker

Howdy. I’m Chantal Forster, a web architect and urban beekeeper in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve been keeping bees since 2008 and now have 4 hives scattered throughout the city, including 2 I manage for the City of Albuquerque beekeeping program with the Open Space Division

Read about the City of Albuquerque program:

From 2009-2012, I was the volunteer coordinator for the local beekeeping group — ABQ Beeks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Why do I keep bees?

Good question.  I started keeping bees for the hell of it, really. Inspired by a friend who left his hive in Albuquerque on the way to keep bees in Africa for the Peace Corps, I decided the real question was — why NOT keep bees?

Then I found out one day my great-grandpa, Weir Shafer, kept bees on his apple orchard and decided beekeeping was my destiny. I still don’t have a logical reason for the whole adventure but it’s been endlessly fascinating to say the least.

This site is about sharing the process with other intrepid naturalists and armchair friends of the bees.

How to contact me

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