Freshman founds Beekeeping Club
Grace Gillespie, Staff Writer
Saint Martin’s University now has its first ever beekeeping club. The club began this year, after it was started by freshman Carly James, a nursing major, who has a fondness for bees.
Bees are a necessity for the environment, and teaching the community how to care for them can create sustainability for plants and crops. James is the president and founder of the beekeeping club, and her ultimate agenda is to educate other students on sustainable beekeeping while bringing bees into the nearby environment. Currently, she is working with the engineering club, faculty, and the president to bring bees to the Saint Martin’s community.
Even though James is starting this club as a freshman, this is not the first beekeeping club she has managed. The first was at her high school, Pope John Paul II, which is close to the Saint Martin’s campus. During her time of managing her high school beekeeping club, she brought two beehives to Pigman’s Organic Produce Patch farms in Olympia.
James is capable of safely purchasing hives thanks to her prior experience, and the club has done good things for the environment. She shared how her time managing a club in college is much more work and stress than in high school. There is more scheduling that must take place to get meetings and club announcements out.
James said, “When you’re in high school, you can just go on the intercom during the last five minutes and say, ‘bee club meeting afterschool today meeting in this room.’ Now every member in your club has a different class schedule, you must rent out a classroom in advance, and there’s a lot more people you must go through.”
Although she has been experiencing some hardships, that has not stopped James’ motivation to bring bees to another environment. The club has one confirmed hive coming to campus, but James is working efficiently to receive a second one, as well. The confirmed hive is coming to campus in April, although there is no specific date, yet. The event will showcase the brand-new hive, and any student interested in learning to care for bees is encouraged to attend and speak with James. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, large social gatherings may still be prohibited by the governor in April. When asking James if the hive will still be coming, she shared that, “Yes, the bee club will continue as planned.”
This next school year, there should be more bee activity on campus as this pandemic hopefully clears up soon.
Finally, when asked why bees were so important to have on campus, the beekeeping club president answered, “This is a place that doesn’t have bees and can support them, so why not?” Expect bees to be buzzing around campus this April to end this semester.