Sup­port for bees

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - Sa­muel.mcneish@thetele­gram.com

In ad­di­tion to the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print a bee­hive can leave, Dinn said bees — for him at least — are ther­a­peu­tic.

He said just sit­ting in the evening or on a sunny af­ter­noon and watch­ing them go about their busi­ness is amaz­ing and ed­u­ca­tional at the same time.

“Peo­ple work so hard and are of­ten said to be ‘busy as bees.’ It’s so true. The bees, they all work to­gether and are a good ex­am­ple of what team-build­ing is about,” he said.

The gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of bees, too. A sec­tion of The Way For­ward plan points to the is­land of New­found­land as one of three ar­eas in the world rec­og­nized for hav­ing a clean en­vi­ron­ment, wild­flow­ers and, in turn, a healthy bee pop­u­la­tion.

The other re­gions are the Isle of Man and Western Aus­tralia.

In ad­di­tion, the City of Mount Pearl has passed a by­law that al­lows each res­i­dent to have two hives on their prop­erty.

“We are an is­land, so this is a pro­tected habi­tat,” said Brenda, who op­er­ates the busi­ness end of Ade­laide’s New­found­land Honey Inc.

She said the po­ten­tial for agri­cul­ture­based tourism is un­tapped. Op­por­tu­ni­ties could in­clude an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent, as the Dinns will go into schools and speak to chil­dren about the im­por­tance of the bee pop­u­la­tion and what can be done to pro­tect and en­hance it.

“We show the hon­ey­combs at the mar­ket. Peo­ple are re­ally in­ter­ested in what we do, and stop by just to talk about it,” she said.

Brenda said as they con­tinue to build their com­pany, the prod­uct is gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity — they sold out their en­tire stock in one day at the mar­ket this year.

“It is raw, lo­cal honey that goes di­rectly from the hive to the bot­tle. There is no pro­cess­ing in­volved,” she said. Paul Dinn of Ade­laide’s New­found­land Honey Inc. checks a hive as he starts to pre­pare them for win­ter

SAM MCNEISH/THE TELEGRAM

The hives at Paul and Brenda Dinn’s api­ary in the Goulds were ac­tive last week thanks to the stretch of warm weather across the prov­ince. This hive, one of three lo­cated in the bee house por­tion of Ade­laide’s New­found­land Honey Inc., was lit­er­ally a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity.

SAM MCNEISH/THE TELEGRAM

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