BEES! BEES! BEES!
Back in 2011, Hanover Park became the first community to have a village sponsored community apiary and it is still being used by local beekeepers. The apiary is located near the intersection of Bayside Drive and Army Trail Road. But did you know you can also have beehives in your backyard!? An ordinance was passed in November 2019 allowing beehives in your backyard. If you are interested in beekeeping, there are many courses and classes online and the Apiary hosts an annual open house in June (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).
WHY HONEYBEES ARE VITAL TO HUMANS:
Honeybees pollinate many of our food crops (particularly fruits, vegetables, nuts, and berries, as well as crops that are fed to livestock), and are responsible for more than $15 billion in domestic crop production. There are no substitutes – nothing else is as efficient for food pollination. Keeping bees in as many places as possible ensure we maintain a viable population in the face of mass die-offs currently affecting them.
Pure, natural honey is nutritious, possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-viral properties. Historically, it has also been utilized for its medicinal properties including as a salve on wounds or after some surgeries.
For more information regarding beekeeping at the apiary, contact 630-823-5706.