Unity Gardens causing a buzz in South Bend

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

There is a buzz in South Bend about a local product that is gaining statewide recognition.

Honey from the Hood blends recently took home blue ribbons at Michiana and state contests. The honey, made at Unity Gardens throughout the city, is helping put South Bend on the map.

And a lot of that is thanks to beekeeper, Tim Ives. His efforts to keep bees healthy have helped create unique flavors.

“I stopped feeding sugar back in 2006 started leaving whole extra box of honey,” said Ives. “Bees are stronger put out more honey per hive versus taking all the honey and feeding them sugar.”

And the Unity Gardens are excited about the recognition.

“We never saw this coming,” said Sara Stewart, executive director for the gardens. “We knew bees were good for pollination but to have it recognized as winning all these awards is fantastic.”

Now the goal is to send Ives to the National Beekeepers Meeting in New Orleans to represent Michiana.

Unity Gardens started a fund-raising campaign and the goal is $2,500.

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