Making Indianapolis a bee friendly city


Bee Public is making Indianapolis a more bee-friendly city through responsible beekeeping practices, education, and community outreach.

Bees are vital to maintaining our sustainable food supply - one in every three bites of food we eat js made possible by bees and other pollinators. And they're dying off at alarming rates. 


Kate Franzman is our founder and head beekeeper. Since 2012, Kate has been installing hives around the city and educating the public about the plight of honeybees. In 2015, Bee Public teamed up with Earth Charter Indiana and the Indianapolis Arts Council to launch Save the Bees Indiana, made possible by a $10,000 SustainIndy grant. The grant allowed Bee Public to install hives at four area schools and make 30 classroom presentations (reaching over 2,000 students) on the importance of honeybees. She is also a freelance writer and manages the farm and educational programming at Public Greens: Urban Kitchens with a Mission. 


Brittany Cheviron, educator, is a licensed social worker who is highly engaged in her community in Indianapolis. She became interested in beekeeping when she started volunteering with urban farms and saw first hand that a farm without pollinators was a farm without produce. Quickly she recognized that pollinator health was completely interconnected to the security of our food supply and decided she wanted to advocate on behalf of the bees by helping promote awareness on this important topic. She began as an apprentice for Bee Public in 2015 and continues to provide education and outreach. She loves beekeeping because she is constantly delighted at the magical wonders that take place inside the hive. Plus, she swoons at pollen pants and festooning.  

Donna Riner, summer beekeeping apprentice, is sophomore at DePauw University majoring in environmental biology and minoring in geosciences. She is an an environmental fellow at DePauw and a member of the DePauw women's volleyball team. She is involved with the campus farm, attended the Indiana Small Farms Conference, and has volunteered at several other farms. Learning about our food system deepens Donna's determination to make a difference in environmental issues, share her passion with those around her, and make a positive impact on the planet we all call home. 


We keep beehives in very public spaces so passersby can observe a colony of bees and perhaps become less scared and more curious. 
Hives maintained by Bee Public include:

  • Eskenazi Health Sky Farm
  • Public Greens: Urban Kitchen with a Mission
  • Growing Places Indy
  • Center for Inquiry #2
  • Harshman Middle School
  • School for Community Learning 
  • Indiana School for the Deaf
  • Cottage Home Community Garden
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art


save the bees

Bee Public needs your help to remain sustainable. Because Bee Public does not harvest and sell honey, we rely on the generosity of others through donations and sponsorships. We want to thank The Pollination ProjectSmallBoxPatachou Inc. and Eskenazi Health for their support. 


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You can donate to Bee Public via PayPal. Send your donation to the email 

Buy Our Swag

You can purchase these limited edition Bee Public tote bags and t-shirts (designed by Benny Sanders at GPC) at Homespun Modern Handmade


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