Kids learn to lead with honey at St. Luke’s; a sweet bounty by the box

Luisa Diaz
Special to The Park Record
Beekeepers Vanessa, Garrett and Luisa this week with their bounty.
Courtesy of Ruby Diaz

You can always try a little honey if you want to bring a community together. 

So, after the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church community learned about two beehives that needed sponsorship, a sixth-grader, Luisa Diaz, led a project to gather enough sponsors for the beehives. This week we had our first honey-harvesting event that included some educational information, combined with testing fresh honey. 

The two beehives are sponsored by people from St. Luke’s Church through a local company called Root Revival that maintains beehives along Summit and Wasatch counties year-round.

Also, the honey is natural and sweeter than store-bought honey, results obtained from tasting the honey during the show. The beehives delivered two boxes full of honey with each box providing approximately two gallons of honey.  

Also, the community garden next to the beehives benefit from the pollination from the bees as observed by the prolific vegetable garden full of peppers, tomatoes, flowers and other plants/vegetables. 

Many of the vegetables grown in the garden are donated to the Christian Center, where people in need of food can get some organic, locally grown fresh produce.  

Vanessa, Luisa and Garrett reap their sweet reward.
Courtesy of Ruby Diaz

Lastly, some fun facts about bees learned during the honey extraction:

  • The larvae from the bees are fed different food depending of the type of bee needed by the colony.
  • If the colony wants to breed a new queen (which takes about one and a half months) they would feed the larvae a white substance called royal jelly.
  • Other bees are fed less exotic food so they can grow up to either be a worker bee of a male bee. 
  • Male bees are larger than the worker bees, and male bees cannot sting.
  • The queen bees usually last about two to three years, but some have been known to live five to six years.
  • You know that queen bee’s reproductive cycle is in decline when she starts producing fewer bees and the honey supply starts dwindling down because you don’t have as many worker bees. 

The bee population all over the world is getting lower due to the widespread of pesticides, loss of habitat and other environmental issues. Supporting local beehives not only brings a community together but contributes toward a more sustainable community and new generations can get in touch and have a first-hand taste of nature.

Each beehive box yielded about 2 gallons of honey.
Courtesy of Ruby Diaz

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