Harvesting Honey in Port Alice……

Sea View Elementary Junior Secondary School’s First Honey Harvest!

On the first full day of the new school year, students at Sea View Elementary Junior Secondary School in Port Alice, took part in their first harvest of school honey!  In anticipation of the big event, frames of honey-laden combs were removed from the school beehive the day before.  A local beekeeper, Mr. Richard Watson, volunteered his time, equipment and provided a hands-on demonstration.  Students, parents and staff had an opportunity to spin the honey frames and watch the extraction process from start to finish.  The school ended up with about 26 cups of clear liquid honey in different hues of gold.  Our first jar of honey (approximately 1 litre or 4 cups) will be raffled off as a fundraiser!  Each student will be given a small jar of honey to enjoy at home with their families, with the remainder of the honey to be used in our Healthy Hungry Kids program.

The school has had a very exciting first few months with their bees; students, staff and volunteers have learned so much and the school is very proud of the honey that their bees have produced.  In the coming weeks our students will be designing logos for their school honey and next year they hope to produce enough to sell; proceeds will allow us to sustain and develop the four braided strands of Sea View’s Healthy Hungry Kids Program: healthy eating, gardening, composting and bee-keeping. Sponsors whom supported: “The Bee Cause” who donated our observation hive; and Vancouver Island Health for the Community Wellness grant which enabled the school to buy beekeeping supplies and attend training.

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