The city of Mississauga is doings its part to support plant pollination efforts by installing honey bee hives at city hall.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Toronto-based urban beekeeping company Alvéole came up with the idea last year and with the assistance of city staff, a honey beehive home to 5,000 bees on the fourth floor of the Mississauga Civic Centre was recently installed.
This move is expected to support urban agriculture, plant pollination, and provide an opportunity to educate the public regarding pollinators and their role in an urban environment.
The hive is expected to increase to 50,000 bees by November when it will be wrapped for the winter and remain on the roof until its unwrapped again in April 2019. As the bee population increases, more hive boxes will be added.
The hive is expected to produce 15 kilograms of honey or 100 jars of 140 grams each. Alvéole will prepare and package jars of honey to meet public consumption standards. City staff is also considering the sale of honey to raise funds for United Way.
Facts about the Bees:
• An urban hive makes about 10 kg of honey every year.
• One worker bee makes about one-eighth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifespan.
• Honey produced right next to where you live can help with seasonal allergies. -CINEWS