What’s the buzz?
The installation of two urban hives on our green roof is one of our sustainable development initiatives.
Urban beekeeping gives hive hosts an opportunity to help protect the bee population.
The bee population has been declining drastically, in part, because of overuse of pesticides, destruction of the natural habitat and climate changes.
Because most of the honey consumed in Canada is imported from other countries, bee culture allows for the production of local honey. Each urban hive produces over 10 kg of honey per year1.
The sale of our honey
Our bees worked hard this summer and our honey crop was excellent. The two beehives placed on the green roof of our head office produced more than 27 kg of honey!
The honey was then placed in 140-gram jars and sold to our employees. The amount raised by the sale will go toward paying for a visit by therapeutic clowns from the Fondation Jovia’s La Belle Visite program, to vulnerable seniors living in isolation.
One good turn deserves another!
Watch these videos to learn more about our bees.
Watch them in this order: Alvéole’s first visit to our rooftop, a 360o view and an interview with a team member, explaining how the hive works. (French only)
Health benefits of honey
It’s a natural sweetener that’s loaded in antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins. This liquid gold has antiseptic and healing properties when used topically2.
Urban beekeeping myths
Don’t bees sting?
Contrary to wasps, bees hardly ever sting! In fact, bees are not aggressive insects, so hive proximity does not cause a problem3.
Could urban honey be polluted?
No need to worry! Because of the strict anti-pesticide regulations in large cities, urban honey is often less polluted than honey from agricultural areas4.
You can help our bee buddies!
You can do a few little things that make all the difference5.
Share this page with your friends to make them aware of the alarming bee situation.
Plant flowers and plants rich in pollen and nectar (lavender, coriander, etc.).
Encourage management at the company where you work to host an urban hive.
Try to buy honey produced by local beekeepers.
Don’t use pesticides in your garden, because they’re harmful to bees.
Use honey in your recipes. It’s an excellent substitute for refined sugar.