On November 6, LCS students and staff joined Mr. Hart in our Outdoor Education kitchen to conduct the final honey harvest of the year. Harvesting honey from our school apiary allows students to learn about food production and sustainability practices while engaging firsthand in a project that benefits our community. They also get to sample the fruits of their labour—a sweet bonus if you ask us!
This year, we expected to yield a small amount of honey due to an unfortunate and significant loss of our bee population. Fortunately, we were able to split all of our hives to produce new colonies and purchase several queen bees from Ukraine. Our bees have since been very productive and we officially collected 165 pounds of honey this year!
The process to collect honey began a few weeks ago when we removed the frames of honey from our hives and began the process of separating the wax capping that stores the honey. Mr. Hart explained how the harvesting process unfolds, saying, “Frames are put into a hand-cranked extractor, which spins them at high speed, creating centrifugal force that throws the honey into a large stainless steel vat. The honey slowly makes its way down to a spout, through three filters, and is then collected in large pails.”
Once the honey was extracted, the sticky operation of getting the honey into jars began! Our student volunteers filled each bottle by hand, turning on the caps, and labelling the jars, putting their personal touch on each one.
Students are involved in all aspects of honey production, from the hive to the jar, as the labels we use each year are student-designed and selected through a label design competition. This year’s labels were created by Fernanda Fulcherburguer ‘21 and feature intricate honeycomb illustrations.
Once the packaging was completed, we transported the jars to School Stores to be sold to the LCS community and enjoyed on tables around the world! Want a taste of The Grove’s delicious honey? Visit School Stores to grab a jar while they last!
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.