Beekeeping garden all abuzz in Charleston Coliseum

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center has started a beekeeping garden in an effort to reduce the facility's carbon footprint.

The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center has started a beekeeping garden in an effort to reduce the facility's carbon footprint.

Three beehives were recently placed in the Coliseum's balcony, facing the Elk River. Each hive holds 50,000 bees.

A "chef's garden" was also included in the effort to reduce the carbon footprint.

After more maintenance is done, the bees will be able to start producing honey, and 30 pounds are expected to be produced annually.

Though the hives have 50,000 bees, they just have one queen each. That queen lays 2,000 eggs every day, and the bees travel up to six miles in the area to gather pollen so they can make honey at the hive.

"We feel like the bees do. We're busy here all the time. We are busy bees. So it's a great reflection of the way we are here in our new building, our new space," explained Joe Varney, Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

The idea came from a chance meeting at the West Virginia Small Farms Conference that happened at the CCCC. They met the owner of Sugar Bottom Farm, who helped them get up and running.

In addition to the beehives, the CCCC is going green with recycling and a chef's garden.

If you are interested in seeing the beekeeping garden, you can call the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to schedule a tour.