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Bees and Conceptions of Self and Community

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Kristin Wolf, CORE Division Assistant Professor at Champlain College, speaks about how bees and beekeeping can inform our conceptions of self, identity, and community.

The Champlain Apiary was established in the Spring of 2013 to provide experiential learning opportunities for students and community members and to support the college's commitment to sustainability. This living laboratory provides a window into the fascinating lives of a uniquely social organism that teaches us about the intricacies of group decision-making, communication, and community. At a time when feral and managed bee populations are in decline, these bees benefit Champlain's campus and the surrounding landscape through the pollination services they provide. The honey produced is bottled and marketed by students, and all proceeds benefit the educational mission and material support of the apiary.

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