Honeybees at Colonial Church
Participating in New Creation
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ran a report on the plight of honeybees. The rapid demise of these essential pollinators threatens food sources, flowers and trees worldwide. As Christians, we are called to be stewards of creation (Gen. 1:26) as well as harbingers of the new creation Christ inaugurated at the resurrection (Rev. 21:1). The earth and all that is in it exists as God’s handiwork (Psalm 19).
Colonial Church purposes to do its small part as both steward and herald. Beekeeping has long demonstrated the sacred symbiosis between people and pollinators for the purpose of producing beauty and food in the world.
Coached by Brandon Krosch, a third generation beekeeper and Director of the Minnesota Beekeepers Association, Colonial Church has established two colonies of Italian honeybees. Italian honeybees are domesticated to maximize pollination and honey-production without exhibiting the aggression of other pollinating insects such as yellow jacket wasps or hornets. While these honeybees can sting, they do so only when provoked.
Safety around the apiary means not standing directly in front of the hive opening and not opening a hive box. Leave the hives alone and you will not be stung. Members of Colonial Church will manage the hives on Sundays and are willing to talk about the bees to interested individuals, groups or classes. By the end of the summer, the two hives will have produced upwards of 75 or more pounds of honey and pollinated countless flowers as well as the gardens Colonial Church is cultivating on its property.
Extensive information on honeybees can be found from both the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Beekeepers Association. These organizations are providing invaluable information to our endeavor and assuring its safety and productivity. Please join us in this exciting work. Contact Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister, or Bob Dahm, Facilities Team, for more information.