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Leader in Sustainability Joins Bee City Family

Located on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Mohawk College is widely recognized as a leader in sustainability. As part of its sustainability mission, the school supports education, engagement and promoting pollinator health on campus through various initiatives. The campus is home to six honey bee colonies, three pollinator gardens and bioswales, a 49-plot community garden and an Indigenous three sisters garden. The college has also developed a Sustainable Landscape Plan, prioritizing the naturalization of campus grounds.

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March 2024

2024 Renewal

During the past year we have maintained our three pollinator gardens, bioswales and Community Garden, as well as our Indigenous Medicine Garden. In our Community Garden we saw our students, staff and community members back in the garden growing fresh, local produce. In addition to the produce that was harvested by the gardeners, the Community Garden produced 448 pounds of fresh food that was donated to a local food bank. A variety of fruits and vegetables including beets, cabbage, kale, peppers, onions, radishes, strawberries, squash, tomatoes and zucchini were grown in the 2023 season.

Over the past year we renewed our Community Garden, updating beds and pathways for a total of 50-plots to upkeep the space and allow our community gardeners to continue to safely use the space.

In Fall 2023, seeds were harvested from our Seed Orchard and scattered throughout the orchard to increase the density of plants. The scattered seeds included Showy Tick-Trefoil, Blue Vervain, Wild Columbine. These seeds will help to increase the pollinator habitat within the Seed Orchard.

In 2023 we were successful in creating a Miyawaki Forest on the SW corner of the Fennell Campus. This project is in collaboration with Hillfield Strathallan College – a private school for JK – Grade 12, located next to Mohawk College and Green Venture – a local environmental non-profit. The goal of the project was to complete a native tree planting, including underbrush plantings to fill in this space and create greater biodiversity on campus. Through this project we were able to plant over 600 trees and shrubs in the space, using two different planting methods for each section to be able to compare their growing over the coming years.

March 2024
Bee Campus Mohawk College

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