When Guy NoĂ«l of New Brunswick realized that wintering his bees indoors would mean a greater retention than wintering them outdoors, he sought out a place to do so. That place turned out to be Etoile du Nord, an elementary school on Miscou Island in Canada that closed back in 2003,Â CBC News reports.
Since the schoolâ€™s closure, the building has been subjected to vandalism, graffiti and theft. However, because the buildingâ€™s aesthetics werenâ€™t a primary concern for his bees, NoĂ«l purchased it.
“We get the opportunity to buy that to centralize our stuff in the same area, the same place,” he told CBC News.
NoĂ«lâ€™s beekeeping originally started as a way to pollinate his fatherâ€™s small blueberry crop. Now, NoĂ«l devotes himself to beekeeping and even took a course on the subject, CBC News reports. His beekeeping business, which sells honey, is called Pollinisation PĂ©ninsule. Once Etoile du Nord is renovated for the bees, NoĂ«l will begin winterizing his bees indoors.
What do you do to help your bees survive the winter?