In 2019 SLC launched a new initiative to host beehives on our rooftop. In big cities, the heat island effect can cause temperatures to soar. A contributing factor to this is unoptimized urban spaces like rooftops, so why not put that space to good use!
In addition to increasing temperatures, bee colonies have been collapsing worldwide, resulting in the loss of millions of bees over the last several years. This has a profound effect on the world’s food resources, as many crops are pollinated by honey bees.
By teaming with bee keeping experts like Alveole, we have had great success with our hives.
A portion of the honey produced at SLC is donated to local charitable organizations in the Ottawa area.
2020 proved to be another successful year of this endeavor producing nearly 30L of honey from our 2 hives.
2021 has shown the bees are really filling out their hive and packing in nectar and pollen from nearby flowers and trees in their freshly built wax comb.
2022 has shown that the colony is growing! At this cycle’s inspection we saw that our bees are really filling out their hive and packing in nectar and pollen from nearby flowers and trees in their freshly built wax comb. Honey bees are truly incredible creatures – they’re even able to create their own building materials. For a short period in a worker bees’ life (about 7-14 days old!), they are able to produce beeswax, secreting wax flakes from their abdomen. During this period of their life, we call them ‘architect bees’. With the help of other worker bees, they chew up the wax flakes to make them nice and malleable and then form the wax into their unique honeycomb structure. They use the comb to store everything from baby bees to honey.