Honeybees

The honeybees have been a part of the College Farm since the early 2000s, generating honey while performing pollinating services for fruit and vegetable production. Over the past decade, the colonies have been managed without the use of any synthetic or organic pesticides. The breeding stock has been selected based on its capacity to survive without such inputs and currently includes New World Carniolan, Russian, VSH, and swarms from local survivor colonies.

The honey is harvested each fall in the Bees and Beekeeping course for selling in the Farm Store.

Aquaculture

Established in 2011, the aquaculture project is allowing us to examine the feasibility of small-scale, freshwater fish and shellfish production as well as processing and sales for the region.

The enterprise utilizes two former hog-waste lagoons as ponds and part of a former farrowing house that’s been renovated into a processing facility. Students have produced tilapia, catfish, prawns, and hybrid bluegill throughout the years of operation.