• Derek Straub, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and advisor to the Beekeepers Club, pulls a frame out of one of the hives.
  • Straub holds a frame from the hive. Different shades of honey come from different plants. The lighter honey likely comes from clover, while the darker honey could come from aster or goldenrod.
  • A hot knife is used to remove the beeswax caps from the honeycombs.
  • Frames from the hive are placed into the honey extractor, a machine that extracts the honey from the honeycombs using centrifugal force
  • Fresh honey pours through the spigot of the honey extractor

September 20, 2018

We harvested our first batch of honey this week—about 4 gallons. Plans are to give some away and use the rest to raise awareness for our Beekeepers Club.

Susquehanna recently became the first university in Pennsylvania to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program.

The university:

  • Maintains three bee hives at the Center for Environmental Education and Research (CEER) on Sassafras Street
  • Founded the student-run Beekeepers Club, which maintains the bee hives at the CEER
  • Planted two large plots of wildflowers to promote pollination