Let it bee
Adopt-A-Hive program aims to protect honeybees
You often hear people say they wish they could go back to the old days.
In today’s society, advancements and technology have taken over. But technology can’t run everything.
Just ask Brenda and Paul Dinn of the Goulds.
Brenda, a registered nurse who works in women’s health at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s, and Paul, a health and safety consultant, found a way five years ago to help curb the fast-paced lifestyle that everyone is caught up in.
“For many years we wondered what would be a good business to start on our property. We looked at raising sheep, egg production, growing Christmas trees, glamping (luxury camping) and so on,” Paul said.
About five years ago, a chance conversation with a friend alerted Paul to the fact his property contained an abundance of wildflowers, and one in particular — fireweed.
Not knowing anything about the plant, and fearing it could be an invasive species that would damage nearby vegetation, Paul started to research it, and what he found set his next move in motion.
Brenda said Paul is a great reader and researcher, so when he needed to find out about the foliage on his land and the ramifications of it, he went to work.
“I was thrilled to find out that fireweed is highly prized by beekeepers, as its nectar and pollen makes one of the world’s finest honeys,” Paul said.
“Some beekeepers even drive or fly their beehives great distances so that their bees can make honey from fireweed blossoms.”
For the past five years, the Dinns have been operating an apiary in the acreage behind their home on the Back Line in the Goulds — Adelaide’s Newfoundland Honey Inc., a company named after Brenda’s mother and the first registered apiary in St. John’s.
“We had the land, the floral source and wanted to do something with bees,” Brenda said.
The land the Dinns own and work originally belonged to Paul’s great-grandparents, who raised 13 children there.
Paul said the family was selfsufficient, growing all their own vegetables and raising animals for meat and poultry.
Like so many others in that era, he said, the family suffered through tough times, but managed to survive as they were true pioneers who would saw logs to build their home and who used two large Newfoundland dogs to haul those logs.
Dinn said his grandmother made her own butter, bread and clothes.
The original homestead was passed down through the family, eventually landing with Paul and Brenda.
It was a perfect location to nurture their love of bees.
Adelaide’s has grown into a multi-faceted home-based operation that allows them to have beehives, increase the bee population and share the honey yield at markets in and around the St. John’s area.
To help share their love of bees, the Dinns have initiated an Adopt-A-Hive program (see fact box) for the province that will allow for the protection of honeybees, expand the population and give those who participate a new hobby to enjoy, while at the same time making a mark on the environment.
“We provide fully managed beehive rentals for homeowners and businesses in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, C.B.S. and the surrounding region,” Paul said.
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Brenda and Paul Dinn of the Goulds look over one of their hives at Adelaide’s Newfoundland Honey Inc.
Brenda and Paul Dinn, who operate Adelaide’s Newfoundland Honey Inc. in the Goulds, hold a sign they use to promote their products at farmers’ markets.