The power of pollination

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Bees are integral to our food

by Sister Rose Jochmann
published June 27, 2016

In late April, three hives of honey bees arrived at St. Francis Convent. This project illustrates the Sisters concern about our environment and sustainability. Honey bees are responsible for one-third of all the food we eat. They pollinate 80% of our flowering crops. Honey bees affect dietary staples such as soybeans, apples, broccoli, strawberries, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers. They are also important for alfalfa, the feed that supports our beef and dairy industries.

Over the winter, Dennis Mercier, manager of buildings and grounds for the Sisters, prepared the hives. The hives are visible from the west end of our solar panels trail. Because the hives are far enough from the solar panels, they are not expected to be a danger to visitors at the solar site. Of course, the Sisters hope to enjoy their own honey as a by-product of this project.

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MAKING HONEY: Our three hives will help with local food production and provide honey. (Dennis Mercier photos)