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Legalize It! Couple Campaigns for Backyard Beekeeping in City Limits

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See a bee in your backyard? Rob and Chelsea McFarland are begging you not to call the exterminator.

The westside couple, according to Culver City Patch, is on a crusade to legalize beekeeping in Los Angeles city limits and bring the good news about bees to the masses (who might only hear horror stories like this).

The couple first got interested in beekeeping when they watched the documentary "The Vanishing of the Bees," which deals with the decline in global bee populations. It wasn't long before Rob started making calls to move bees onto a farm in Simi Valley and Chelsea started dressing up in a bee costume at the farmer's markets and painting her toes with black-and-yellow stripes.

The couple became interested in bees when they learned that they could get involved in protecting a species in their own backyard.

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“It was like, why do we have to fly all the way to Indonesia to help the world?” Chelsea told Culver City Patch. “We can do it right here in our backyard.”

Santa Monica legalized it this year, and now the couple has its sights on Los Angeles. The couple has been working with the neighborhood council in Mar Vista to start up an urban beekeeping pilot program in the neighborhood patterned after Santa Monica's.