Students who were able to come along to watch the process of splitting the hive were treated to not only a very unique experience accompanied by a wealth of information about native bees and how they go about their day-to-day, but they were also able to sample honey straight from the pots within the hive. It doesn't get fresher than this. It was something that will no doubt stay with these students long after they leave the College, and I urge students to make the time to watch it play out again next year.
At the start of Spring each year now, Mr Crank and Mr Murnane will need to split hives again, converting each single hive into two new ones. They will firstly under the tutelage of Melissa, then on their own, as the official STMC Apiarists. The Sustainability Precinct is certainly benefitting from having native bees living amid the fruit trees and other flowering plants. We're doing our little bit in being stewards of the planet, specifically in promoting the proliferation of Australia's threatened native bee populations.