The Apiary Club began in 2019 with Zach Teal ’21 as president and Upper School Director Kent Martin as club sponsor. Last year, the club focused on learning about beekeeping and the lives of bees. The club got two beehives in April, but due to the pandemic, the hives were kept at the Teals’ house.
The Teals are experienced beekeepers and maintained the bees until recently. The bees were brought to KCD during the first week of October and are kept near the outdoor classroom behind the maintenance barn, away from the general school population.
The club purchased protective gear and two EpiPens, which are kept near the hives. The members of the club hope to not only keep bees and harvest honey but also to gain a better appreciation for pollinators. The club also hopes to hone their entrepreneurial skills by marketing and selling honey and other bee products.
Club president Zach Teal says he is thrilled to be part of such a great opportunity at KCD.
“This will be the first year of having beehives on campus and the first time that the club will be getting hands-on experience with bees,” he said. “I'm so excited to see my classmates interact with bees and watch as they develop their own passion for protecting honeybees. We hope to even be able to harvest honey early next spring, and hopefully connect with some other clubs to even find ways to sell the honey! I've got high hopes for what is to come this year and I can't wait!”
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