Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is home to an urban beehive which operates inside their on campus farms.
"A number of years ago, we realized there was a disconnect between city dwellers and their food production," Chris Kirouec, co-founder of Beeproject said. He said urban beehives are a great way for those who don't understand to learn a bit about farming.
Kirouec also pointed out how important bees are to every day life. Honeybees are pollinators and are responsible for one in three bites of food.
Beeproject was started as a personal, local thing to help out neighbours, but quickly grew to the point where they operate hives all over Winnipeg.
"We realized it was a great community builder, a real educational tool, very captivating," Kirouec said.
CMU's on-campus farms are part of their ongoing effort to promote food safety and sustainability, which fit the model of Beeproject. Both parties came together to partner up, giving the bees places to pollen ate while potentially increasing the crops yield as the bees pollinate it.
"There's a lot of wonder when you open up a hive and see the bees working together," Kirouec said. While bees are often thought of as dangerous, they really aren't and have no desire to sting you. Instead, they are more focused on working together.
"You can't accomplish much as a solitary honeybee and you can't accomplish much as a single individual," Kirouec stated.