Mike Clark stands amid his nearly empty bee hives, hoping that his apiary, which has been raising honeybees since the First World War, can come back from a brutal winter that has ravaged bee colonies across the country — and Manitoba hardest of all.
“Other guys are in production right now to extract honey, and I’m not seeing that we will produce any honey this year,” Clark said.
“We’re hoping that they do make the winter this year. If we do have another heavy loss, it will be the nail in the coffin … that our business won’t be here.”
In a typical August, Clark Apiary in Wawanesa, Man., about 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg, would be a-buzz with bees creating honey. This year the space is quieter as the farm focuses on rebuilding its devastated bee population.
Clark says he would…