Sustainable honey from a sustainable campus

August 16 / 185

Team Bees@UniMelb: from left, Tim Uebergang, Monique Edwards, Professor Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Dean of Vet Ag Sci Professor John Fazakerley, Dr Neil Young (at reear), and Danielle Rostan-Herbert
Team Bees@UniMelb: from left, Tim Uebergang, Monique Edwards, Professor Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Dean of Vet Ag Sci Professor John Fazakerley, Dr Neil Young (at reear), and Danielle Rostan-Herbert

The University’s Sustainability Team has launched Bees@UniMelb Honey, a natural product that is fully harvested on campus.

Bee-keeping staff and students joined the Sustainability team and the new Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS), Professor John Fazakerley, to officially launch the University honey in front of a beehive located in the System Garden mid July.

Following the launch, all fifty jars of honey sold out within two weeks. The next batch of honey will be available by the end of the year, with pre-orders currently being taken (To place an order, email: bee-keepers@unimelb.edu.au).

“The launch of our Honey represented the hard work of staff and student beekeepers involved,” says Sustainability Communications Coordinator Monique Edwards. 

“It’s been exciting to see how much this project has taken off since it was initiated in January.”

Professor Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Director of the Centre for Animal Biotechnology at FVAS, is the lead beekeeper for Bees@UniMelb.

“There’s a huge amount of interest in beekeeping and honey in our University community – and it keeps growing!,” Professor Scheerlinkck says. “Not only have the bees provided us with some delicious honey, but they’ve also contributed to sustainable inner city fruit and vegetable production. They provide free pollination services to the neighbouring gardens including the Melbourne University Community Garden located on campus.”

The hives not only are used as educational tools for agriculture students, but also for other students, staff and the general public.

The University’s bees will be showcased at an upcoming talk during Enviro Week, on Monday, 15 August at 11.00am in the System Garden.

For more information on Bee@UniMelb honey: sustainablecampus.unimelb.edu.au

Story by Monique Edwards.

 

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