Many people would likely try to steer clear of anything having to do with over one million bees buzzing around, but that didnâ??t stop Copper Country educators from coming to the Algomah Acres Bee Farm to hear the buzz about the honeybee.
For Pelkie kindergarten teacher, Dorrena Scharlow, bee biology and the small business aspect of an apiary is what sparked her interest.
â??The decline of bees, trying to get more bees to pollinate my garden, and, as I look into retirement, another career, and, at some point, if funding is there, maybe come out for a field trip to it, or have them come visit the classroom,â?? said Scharlow.
Melissa Hronkin, art teacher at Houghton Elementary and co-owner of the apiary with her husband, John, said she tries to share what she learns from maintaining the 30 hives on her property with her students.
â??Coming from an art background being a teacher, thereâ??s a lot of poetry in art that surrounds the honeybee, and painting with beeswax is something that Iâ??ve taught and I share with my students,â?? said Hronkin.
Along with producing bee byproducts like honey and mead, these apiarists dedicate themselves to gaining a deeper understanding of the bees and sharing it with others.
â??Beekeeping has a rich history, and thereâ??s a lot of information in there for interdisciplinary lessons, science, history, agriculture,â?? explained Hronkin. â??Thereâ??s a lot there to integrate into cross curricular lessons.â??
â??I think itâ??s the whole socialization of the beehive how it just takes care of itself, how tender it is, the importance of the bees, the products from the bees, and just how self-sufficient it is,â?? added Scharlow.