Last Monday, University of Guelph’s student branch of Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals hosted an educational event at The Honey Bee Research Centre. The tour was led by the research and apiary manager, Paul Kelly. He thoroughly explained the biology, the types and the role of bees in agriculture and ecosystem sustainability. Also, he demonstrated safe bee keeper procedures using specific equipment. Students got a close-up look at the different beehive components and learned how bee stings work. They also got the chance to taste honey straight from a honeycomb.
Students were able to purchase honey and wax candle products at the end of the tour. Donations could be made to the research centre to help find better ways to improve bee health. Overall, students felt the tour was informative and left them thinking about the importance of bees and the need to protect them.