As you may recall, last year’s bee initiative, tended by members of the Sustainability Council, yielded 48 jars of liquid gold and was packaged with our own CDS Honey Project label designed by the Grade 12 Comm Tech class. It was so exciting for our first year’s effort!
This year, our intrepid Bee Team has installed four new nucs (nuclear colonies each with its own queen). We settled them into their new homes over the weekend. Social distancing and mask-wearing were mandatory, but as you can see in these photos - not for the bees! There were 10,000 in each box, all busy doing what they do.
As Mr. MacMillan and Mme Colucci are retiring this year, they have passed the torch onto next year’s eager team of Mr. Bartle, Mrs. Huckvale, Mrs. Leacock and Ms. Wellnhofer who will be ready to work with students from all levels interested in the art of beekeeping.
We have been fortunate to have the guidance of CDS parent Ian Millar and the keen assistance of former parent Amanda Flavell. Hopefully they, along with Mac and Colooch, will continue to support the CDS Apiary mission as consultants in the years ahead.
Having our own apiary is such an enriching experience. Learning how the hives function, harvesting the delicious honey, and helping support the vital process of pollination as an integral part of the biodiversity on the CDS campus provides such a tremendous learning experience for our students. Be sure to visit the CDS Bee & Bee once our campus is up and running again!!