Support for bees
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
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.