On September 9, East Georgia State College (EGSC) hosted its second Honey Extraction Party! Members of EGSC’s Beekeeping Club met, along with other students, faculty, staff, and members from the community, to learn more about honey, how it is made by honeybees and collected by beekeepers. Extraction equipment was brought to the campus by Dr. Paul Cerpovicz (faculty member and hobbyist beekeeper) and set up in the lobby outside the college auditorium.
Dr. Cerpovicz welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about the steps leading up to the extraction process. He also spoke about the Beekeeping Club and how students were invited to join even if they had no experience with bees. For many of the club members, this was their first time experiencing the honey extraction process.
Several observers and Beekeeping Club members jumped in to uncap the honeycombs, use their muscles to spin the frames in the extractor, and filter the honey. Nearly 70 pounds of campus honey was collected!
Everyone in attendance was able to fill a small bottle with honey to take home with them. The remainder of the honey will be given out at college events and submitted to the Georgia Beekeepers Association Conference for judging. After the first college honey extraction party in 2019, EGSC’s honey won a blue-ribbon award in the competition.
The Bobcat Apiary currently has six hives that are maintained by Dr. Cerpovicz and the Beekeeping Club. The major goals of the Bobcat Apiary are to increase awareness about honeybees and other pollinators, as well as their importance to the environment and how to protect both them and their habitats.
Since its designation as a Bee Campus USA institution in 2016, East Georgia State College has greatly increased its efforts to achieve these goals and to further promote honeybee and pollinator protection education to its students, staff, faculty, and community. The Honey Extraction Party was a fun activity to help reach these goals, and we hope to continue the annual event!
EGSC would like to thank the Mill Creek Foundation for their generous support of the Beekeeping Club and the college over the past year, along with Dr. Cerpovicz, Dr. John Cadle, the EGSC faculty and staff, and student members of the Beekeeping Club for their support with this project!
To see more photos from the event, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/egcpr/albums/72157719801645273.