Over the last year the Michigan Tech Sustainability Demonstration House housed many busy bees, and we’re not just talking about students. Last summer, students applied for a grant with MTU’s alumni board, to add a honey bee hive as a part of the SDH. In order for students to continue studies and demonstrations of at home sustainability techniques, help communities understand what benefits there are to a sustainable lifestyle. PhD student and beekeeping course leader, Rose Daily, says that she’s learned far more about the bees than she ever expected.
Since learning more about bees, and beekeeping, Daily says, that hives within urban and rural areas have numerous benefits to more than your flower garden. But benefit many other plants throughout the community. With all of her research, she also found that there are thousands of native bee species in North America, and all have different benefits and functions when it comes to pollinating plants.
Bees are very important to the fruit and veggies we all eat. The students hope to show the public why bees are safe and friendly, and are more beneficial to your backyard than one may think. Next week the Sustainability Demonstration House will hold classes for those interested in beekeeping. And even those just curious about what they are up to at the SDH, as a part of their mission.
Event flyer and class sign up can be found with this link.