Covenant Woods Celebrates Biodiversity with New Honeybee Hives

May 10, 2024 | Uncategorized

In an effort to boost local ecosystems and enhance the Farm-to-Table program at Covenant Woods, Farm Manager, Arissa Lopez, and Farm Technician, Madison Hall, welcomed 11,000 honeybees to campus during the month of May. This initiative will help continue to round-out the Farm-to-Table mission and our commitment to environmental sustainability.

The new hive is home to 11,000 honeybees, vital pollinators that play a crucial role in growth of our local crops and gardens. Not only do these bees provide importance for the surrounding environment, but they will also provide local honey for use in the Covenant Woods dining venues and the local Hanover community. “The honeybees add to our mission to be a sustainable producer of fresh fruits, vegetables and honey,” said Michael Scheff, Director of Dining Services at Covenant Woods, “they are a great addition to our nature-focused campus. The bees inspire conversation and will become part of our holistic approach to resident life.”

Surrounded by seasonal wildflowers, hyssop, and clover, these gentle bees will be hard at work producing approximately 60 pounds of fresh honey over the course of 12 months. “Chosen for their gentle nature and high productivity, our bees are already hard at work to make sure we have a sweet future,” said Lopez.