In 2012, after receiving funding for the original greenhouse pilot project, we realized there was a concern over the declining pollinator population, and decided to establish an onsite apiary. Since then our bees have been happily living, and flourishing, behind the greenhouse with lots of room to pollinate in the surrounding farmland.
The staff at Our Sustenance is working with our friends at Humble Bee Inc. to revitalize the current hives, and start up honey production again in 2019. The bees bring pollinators to the community to help our plants and gardens grow, and also produce a great by-product – fresh local honey. The honey collected will be sold by the jar through the Garden Cafe in various sizes including 250 ml and 500 ml jars, and will also be used as a natural sweetener in various café menu items.