Close-up of bees in one of the hives at Bellarmine Farm


The bees are busy at Bellarmine Farm

Fall 2022

The bees are buzzing in hives that students, faculty, staff and alumni installed at the Bellarmine Farm behind Allen Hall this past summer. The hives will increase biodiversity on campus and provide research and experiential learning opportunities for students.   


Students and faculty examine the bees at Bellarmine Farm

“ Bees play such a critical role in our ecosystem, and this a great opportunity for students to see that firsthand,” said Dr. Jessica Hume, assistant professor of Health Services at Bellarmine.  


Hume’s family owns Beckham’s Bell Farms, an apiary in Anderson County. She donated and helped install a “nuc,” which consists of several established frames of bee brood, honey and a queen. Brooke Gibbons ’17 and Cody Gibbons ’17, who operate the Gibbons Family Farm in Larue County, donated a second nuc.   


Photo shows the bee hives in context of the Bellarmine Farm

  The bee initiative was begun last year by Hanah Carter, an Environmental Science major who has worked with beehives as a volunteer naturalist at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Hanah is president of Bellarmine’s new Beekeeping Club. 

If the bees survive the winter, look for a honey harvest next spring. 

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Located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.