Sweet stuff

October 9, 2015

Rolling the wax combs opens them up so the honey can be released and collected. Adjunct professor and beekeeper Carin Zinter holds up two jars of honey, one from the spring and one from the fall. The different colors reflect the differences in seasonal flowers the bees collect pollen from.

Adjunct professor Carin Zinter, advisor to the HCC Beekeeping Club, brought her honeycombs to campus Thursday (Oct. 8) to demonstrate how to harvest honey.

Zinter keeps bees at her Sunderland home and teaches an apiculture class in the Gateway to College program. In her morning class, students took turns rolling a special brush over the wax combs to gently pop them open, releasing the honey.  

The combs were then put in a centrifuge that is cranked by hand to force out the honey, which is then drained into a tub.  

In the afternoon, Zinter repeated the demonstration for passersby in the first floor student lounge between Donahue and Frost and let them sample some of the newly harvested honey.  

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Anyone interested in beekeeping or joining the club should contact Zinter at czinter@hcc.edu.

PHOTOS by CHRIS YURKO: (Left) Rolling the wax combs opens them up so the honey can be released and collected. (Right) Adjunct professor and beekeeper Carin Zinter holds up two jars of honey, one from the spring and one from the fall. The color variation reflects the differences in seasonal wildflowers the bees collect pollen from. (Thumbnail) The honey is released from the centrifuge and collected in a bucket. 

 
 

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