GV Beekeepers Club Hosts Annual Honey Extraction Event – Grand Valley Lanthorn


The Grand Valley State University Beekeepers Club held their annual honey-mining event last Friday afternoon in the common area of ​​Frederick Meijer’s Honorary College. The event was chaired by club officers and attended by several club members, both new and old.

The event takes place once a year with the aim of ensuring that the honey from the six GVSU hives is separated and stored properly. Once this process is complete, the bee club bottles the honey for sale in November and December.

The extraction process begins when the beehives are transferred from the Sustainable Agriculture Project farm to the South Campus where GV’s six beehives are located. From there, hot knives are used to shave the wax layer off the platters to reach the honey below. Then the extraction slits shake the honey, leaving any remaining wax behind. The process is done carefully to preserve the hives, so that the bees can re-inhabit them afterwards.

Club freshman Wyatt Thorandill explained in more detail the exact process that took place during the event.

“We take the wax caps off the trays that go into the beehives, take all the wax and honey that come with it and diffuse it to save all the honey that has come off the wax caps, taking all the wax and put in a bucket which will then be bottled, ”Thorandill said.

In addition to selling the honey, the club hopes to make products like lip balms and candles, Thorandill said. Thorandrill is a new member this year who said he was delighted to learn through the club’s activities.

“I joined the bee club for the social aspect and to learn more about bees as they are a major pollinator,” Thorandrill said. “Besides, I like honey. I would like to know more about where it comes from.

He also spoke about the importance for the club to organize an event like this, saying: “The club involves people in the process of producing their food. Food is our most direct connection to nature. So I think it’s important that we know where this is coming from.

Also in attendance was club vice president Brianna Zuhl, who also gave her insight into the importance of the club. “It is important to make sure that we are involved in this so that GV continues to have the bees. In addition, it is a great learning experience for children in ENS 311 class to physically collect honeycombs, ”Zuhl said.

The club also saw a drastic increase in membership after GV’s evening of campus life. In addition to the new members, the club’s Instagram account grew from 150 followers to 400 in a short time, said Emma Jones, the club’s social media representative.

Jones shares hope that the club is a space where students can learn how to care for bees in the wild, what they can continue to do to preserve nature, and what exactly the extraction process looks like. The club provides students with information, as well as real practical information. It’s about educating, says Jones.

Jones emphasized the importance of educating the GVSU community about bees. She says if the bees are gone, we are all gone.

The club will meet soon to properly bottle the newly mined honey with the aim of selling jars on campus in the coming months. Another meeting will be held to create products like candles and lip balm.


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