On November 13 and 14, 2023, Police Athletic League (PAL) youngsters from PAL’s Webster Center, in the Bronx, and PAL’s Harlem Center explored the process of honey harvesting and extraction using the new beehives on the roofs of their PAL Centers.  Guided by a beekeeper, the 3rd graders uncapped honeycomb cells to hand-spin honeycombs in a centrifugal extractor and filter the raw honey. They then jarred and labeled the honey to take home and share with their families.

The beekeepers gave a behind-the-scenes look at the process of artisanal honey extraction and the inside scoop on the unique qualities of urban honey.  They used a modular example from the beehives on the PAL Centers’ roofs for the demonstration. The PAL kids reaped the fruits of their new beehives through this hands-on honey extraction workshop.

“We are so excited to be positively contributing to our neighborhoods through our beehives. It has been wonderful to learn how they support our ecosystems and rewarding to know we are a part of it!” says Meredith Gray, PAL’s Director of Program Development & Partnership.

PAL’s new urban beehives, nestled in the cityscape, are home to a flurry of hardworking pollinators. This unique sanctuary provides a safe haven for honeybees and brings nature closer to our urban lives. PAL’s new beehives are a unique sustainability project in collaboration with its beekeeping partner, Alvéole.

Alvéole is a social company cultivating greener cities and more connected communities in more than 40 cities worldwide.  The certified B Corp and 1% for the Plant member brings nature-based solutions such as honey bee hives, pollinator habitat, and bee-friendly gardens to buildings in cities and monitors their impact with technology, to help clients meet their ESG goals and be agents of positive environmental and social change.

After-school programs and academic enrichment at PAL build confidence in young people. PAL’s after-school programs focus on project-based learning through STEAM initiatives, including coding, sustainable beehives, hydroponics, dance workshops, in addition to homework help, tutoring, internships and career development.

Founded in 1914, New York City’s Police Athletic League is a nonprofit organization that provides recreational, educational, cultural and social activities to 15,000 children and teens annually. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.

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