BEEKEEPING:  Harvesting Honey on Campus 

Thanks to our busier bees, this fall’s honey harvest yielded more than 15 gallons (roughly 60 litres) of the sticky sweet stuff.  

Not a bad haul for our newly expanded bee farm. With the help of a program parent who is a bee-keeper in Collingwood, campus now has three thriving colonies, each with a busy queen. 

Dan Ardis and a group of students have been mentored throughout this season, learning how to safely manage our campus bee yard. Big Group has had students taking a deeper dive into Apiculture – the science and art of raising honey bees.   

“They’re amazing creatures,” said Dan Ardis. “The way they communicate, the way they operate, the way the populate – it’s just unbelievable!” 

The honey is being used by the kitchen and has also been prepared for sale and as gifts. A big thank you to Tara Young for getting the honey processed and into jars, with the help of our students! 

Parent/caregivers at the recent weekend workshop each got a sample jar to take home.