BRICK TOWNSHIP — A honey spinning demonstration was held on National Honey Bee Day on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at Ocean University Medical Center [OUMC].
During the demonstration, honeycombs were scraped and then placed in a honey spinner that loosened the honey. After the honey was loosened enough, it would drain down and come out of a nozzle.
Local artist Jim Inzero partnered with the medical center to present the demonstration that took place at 2:30 p.m. in the Bear’s Den portion of the OUMC.
Mr. Inzero uses beeswax as a prime ingredient in his art and was supplied beeswax by the OUMC Sustainability Committee from the hospital apiary, which he will use to make art for OUMC to display throughout the campus.
One benefit of the hives is that people in the oncology unit can look out the window and see bees on the roof.
The sustainability committee showed participants the process of extracting the honey and spinning out the honey from the combs.
Kenneth Souchek, vice president of operations at OUMC, said, “In 2018, we started our sustainability program and really looked at health care. We do a great job of taking care of patients, but how do we partner with the community and do a better job with health in general.”
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