Urban Beekeeping: Hives at Cascades

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Photo Credit: Alvéole

 

Last June, Cascades launched a new partnership with the urban beekeeping company Alvéole. This social enterprise, which assists organizations in producing honey in urban environments, installed six hives on the site of our Brossard unit for a three-year period. The hives will produce at least 40 kilograms of honey per year.

 

Alvéole at a glance
  • Year of foundation: 2012
  • Their objective: Change the urban landscape of Canadian cities, one hive at a time.
  • Alvéole hives can be installed on the roofs of houses, on balconies or in yards.
  • Number of hives installed to date: 500 hives in Montréal, Quebec City and Toronto.
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Photo Credit: Alvéole

 

Why produce our own honey?

By making this active contribution to sustainable development, Cascades is helping to increase local honey production, pollination and greening in urban environments. The mission of this initiative is to protect bees, whose populations are declining significantly around the world. Bees are insect pollinators that play a major role in fruit, vegetable and nut production: a third of our food relies on their pollination.

 

The harvest

We harvested the Cascades honey made by our thousands of winged colleagues! On September 6, 2016, our partner Alvéole visited the site of the Brossard unit to extract the honey and put it into jars. Our bees travelled the equivalent of four times around the globe to produce each kilogram of honey.

 

Did you know?
  • A hive contains approximately 50,000 bees.
  • Bees must visit five million flowers and travel the equivalent of four times around the world to produce a single kilogram of honey.
  • Their wings beat 230 times per second, which is what creates their buzzing sound.

 

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About the Author
Kate Lamontagne

Kate has been Communications Coordinator, Donations and Sponsorships at Cascades since November 2015. She has a bachelor’s degree in public communications and a management certificate from Université Laval. Her day-to-day duties involve developing and maintaining close professional ties with the company’s business partners while overseeing activities designed to represent Cascades in the public eye. “This position leaves a lot of room for creativity and initiative, providing me with a very exciting and diversified work environment in which to grow. I also have the pleasure of collaborating with an exceptional team and I am proud to work for an innovative company that is open to the world.”

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