October 6 marked the first honey harvest at Niagara College.Academic Lab technologist Breanna Pradolini, who is graduate of the College’s Environmental Technician – Field and Laboratory (Co-op) program (2015) uses a hot uncapping knife to remove the caps from a frame before it is spun to extract the honey, as bee technologist Jay Thatcher looks on. The uncapped frame is later placed in a spinner where it is spun at a high velocity so that the honey hits the side wall and then flows down to the spout at the bottom.
The honey harvest took place at the College’s new apiary at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus which has been creating a lot of buzz since it recently opened. It will soon be home to the first Commercial Beekeeping Graduate Certificate program in Eastern Canada. The three-semester program will begin at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus in January 2017.