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Oakwood Cemetery adds bee hives

Posted June 24

A patriotic observence was held at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh on Memorial Day.

— Staff at the Oakwood Cemetery are trying their hand at a new task: beekeeping.

The 102-acre cemetery will soon be home to two bee hives, officials said.

Honeybees are in danger due to use of pesticides. Adding them to the cemetery (35 percent of which remains undeveloped) seemed like a good way to continue strong land stewardship, said Robin Simonton, cemetery director.

“We still have a lot to learn in the cycle of the bee’s lives. However, we feel we are being good stewards to our land and helping not only our surrounding neighborhoods but also the endangered honey bees," she said.

Staff are partnering with the team at Wake Monument Co. on the project. Simonton expects honey by this fall or next summer. Proceeds from the sale of the honey will go to the Friends of Oakwood Cemetery.


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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Jul 3, 5:31 p.m.

    Mollers, where did you get your bees?

  • Mollers Jun 26, 12:40 p.m.

    Great idea! This is my first year of having bees and they are amazing. My garden and flowers look to be on steroids. Love them!

  • Air Biscuit Jun 24, 3:39 p.m.

    JD Raleigh....that is so funny!

    The only thing I could come up with is that this puts new meaning to "organically grown" honey.

  • jdraleigh Jun 24, 2:16 p.m.

    "O death, where is thy sting?" I guess we know the answer now.