Beehive Update – Summer 2019
Upon the first inspection of the beehive after this winter, our resident Beekeeper noticed that the bees had not survived. During the winter, the colony of bees huddle together to keep warm. Once the outside begins to warm up, the colony splits into small groups and starts to clean the hive in preparation for the spring. This winter, however, had multiple temperature fluctuations which most likely caused the bees to separate in the milder temperature and freeze when the temperature suddenly dropped.
Fear not! The campus has once again acquired a new swarm of bees which are currently thriving in their new home. Jillian Ruhl, MSVU Campus Beekeeper, was able to bring 15,000 bees to the campus’s beehive in late June 2019. Due to the abundance of flora surrounding the university, the bees have been happily buzzing around – pollinating the Mount’s plants as they go. The honey produced by the Mount bees is expected to be extracted in late August/ early September. The proceeds collected from each jar and hive workshop attended will go directly back to the Mount Community Garden for future projects. You can get all the buzz and updates about the hive and workshops on The Mount Community Garden’s Facebook page: The Mount Community Garden . ‘Keep’ in mind that the scheduled dates are subject to change as inspections depend on the status of the bees and their activities.