Salem’s apiary program is now in its fourth year. A curiosity for some guys, and a favorite for others, working with the bees is yet another unique aspect of a young man’s time here on The Ranch.
Currently we have 6 working hives on campus. Students enjoy putting on the bee suit and feeding and checking the hives. In the fall all of the students have the opportunity to help with the honey harvest. Salem honey has begun to build a reputation in the local community.
We are grateful to a variety of sponsors who donate wildflower seed, funding and expertise to help maintain this aspect of the Salem program.
In 2013 we were blessed by Bayer Crop Science through their Bee Care Program and Salem was the recipient of their first “Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award” for our work with bees and our young men. The award also included a grant for our work here of $5,000. So the Lord blessed us!
Since that time we have been encouraged by various grants designed to teach our young men about the hobby of beekeeping and to help keep our bee program functioning.
Salem4youth was featured in one of Bayer’s newsletters as well as a press release about our program:
We are also working toward making honey available for sale through our online store under our “Made at Salem” effort.