By Kalinowski, Tim on December 21, 2019.
The City of Lethbridge Waste and Recycling Centre is sharing its sweet good fortune with some local residents in need this Christmas season.
Twelve cases of honey (72 kilograms) harvested from beehives at the Waste and Recycling Centre earlier this summer will be a feature attraction of the Interfaith Food Bank Society’s Christmas Hamper this year.
“It’s going to go right into our Christmas hamper, which is really nice,” confirmed Interfaith Food Bank Society executive director Danielle McIntyre during a formal hand-over ceremony at city hall on Thursday. “At Christmas time, we always like to throw in some those extra-special things; so the honey is definitely going to be appreciated.”
City of Lethbridge Waste and Recycling Centre manager Steve Rozee was glad to put the “Blue Sky” brand honey in the food bank’s hands. The bees performed better than expected in their first full summer, Rozee confirmed.
“They actually had to establish the honeycombs so their production was a little under what it would be in a typical year going forward because they had to build their home,” he said. “They also had to endure some (weather) troubles as they started off, but they actually did really well. We got quite a bit of honey produced in their first year.”
Rozee said he and his staff felt privileged to be able to share this Christmas treat with Lethbridge residents and make the season a little brighter.
“We are really proud we were able to bring this new kind of exciting opportunity to the Waste and Recycling Centre to give back to the community, and to the local neighbours and the environment to try to support pollinators in the area,” he acknowledged. “We’re all really excited by it, and it’s really great a large portion of the honey can go to a good cause like the local food banks. We also have a little we’ll distribute to the community at large at different events and so on.”
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