Jillian Ruhl is a Mount Applied Human Nutrition graduate student and part-time instructor on a mission to spread the joy of honeybees.
On July 11, Jillian offered the first in her series of workshops: “Bee Safety 101”. This session included an introduction to bee keeping and the first inspection of the hive since its installation. A second workshop on “honey bee democracy” is scheduled for later in July, with more sessions planned for August through November, including discussions about recipes and products made from hive products, organic vs conventional beekeeping (diseases and pest management), and winterization of the beehive. There may even be an opportunity in the future to collect some honey yourself, if the season is permitting.
“Normally, the first year for bees is devoted to wax production so a honey extracting workshop will have to wait until next year.” says Jillian. “But of course, participants are more than welcome to break off pieces of honeycomb for a sweet taste during the workshops!” Watch the Mount community garden’s facebook page for details of all upcoming workshops. Sessions are open to all members of the Mount community, with several open to the general public as well.
“My vision is to really grow this initiative,” said Jillian. “I’d love to add more hives down the road, make more honey and even sell the products on campus, maybe alongside the Mount community garden’s veggie sales.”
Jillian welcomes e-mails or phone calls from anyone interested in learning more about her Mount honeybee project. She can be reached at Jillian.Ruhl@msvu.ca or 902-880-0573.
View video from the installation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpOnkQ0Vksc