650 jars of honey have been donated to the Sudbury Food Bank from Vale bees.
The company says its old slag heaps in Sudbury have been re-greened and put to good use as they have implemented both a greenhouse and apiary.
Vale environmental projects engineer Quentin Smith says Vale established its beekeeping project in 2014 as part of its biodiversity action plan designed to enhance its reclamation efforts on old slag piles.
He adds in addition to beekeeping, the company also cultivates milkweed to attract butterflies, plants thousands of trees every year, and raises and releases fish as part of a local fish-stocking program.
Smith is proud to say the environmental efforts earned Vale an Environmental Excellence Award under the Towards Sustainable Mining, a program of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, in 2018.
PHOTO: From left, Dan Xilon, executive director of the Sudbury Food Bank, receives a donation of honey from Vale’s beekeepers, Quentin Smith, project engineer, and Bob Dewar, a retired teacher. Photos provided by VALE