© Miel Montréal © Miel Montréal

Urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening

Urban beekeeping and pollinator gardening

01/01/2013 - 01/12/2015

From April to November 2015, Miel Montréal offered an urban beekeeping and bee-friendly eco-gardening internship to a group of 15 participants between the ages of 18 and 30. For 12 weeks, this program combined 45 hours of theoretical workshops with 105 hours of practical training in urban beekeeping, biodiversity conservation and bee-friendly gardening. This internship was made possible by the Fond régional d’investissement jeunesse of the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal.

Based on the idea that the greening of the urban ecosystems and biodiversity conservation are just as important as beekeeping itself, this program enabled participants to acquire basic knowledge and skills in the following fields:

  • Ecological beekeeping in urban settings;
  • Apiarian gardening through the creation of bee and pollinator-friendly habitat;
  • Social awareness for biodiversity conservation and food justice through the organization of awareness-raising, citizen mobilization and participation activities.

The internship culminated in the completion of the Bee Path, a wildflower garden dedicated to the diversity of local pollinators at la Tohu.

For several years now, the solidarity co-op Miel Montréal is involved in youth participation and commitment through educational workshops on bees, pollinators and biodiversity preservation and care. Through our new and renewed partnerships, Miel Montréal is committed to greening and embellishing Montreal like never before.

© Staffan Widstrand / WWF © Staffan Widstrand / WWF

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