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High school students harvest sweet results

  • Charles City High School agriculture students harvest honey from a beehive at the Floyd County Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon. Jackson Boge and Hunter Brockney, seniors, and Tanner Evans and Nicholas Litterer, juniors, donned the beekeepers' uniform as they tried to soothe bees with smoke. Press photos by Kate Hayden

  • Seventh grade student Miracle Kolheim took a taste of raw honey raised by Charles City High School students. Kolheim and her classmates joined the high school agriculture students for a period on Tuesday to learn about what food the class has raised for an upcoming farm-to-fork style dinner.

  • Agriculture teacher Jim Lundberg rips up burlap to fuel a smoker for high school students, who would use the smoke to soothe bees while they worked.

  • Agriculture students gently scrape bees off of a honey frame, the part of the beehive that bees built wax and stored their honey in. After students encouraged bees away from the frame, it was taken back to the high school, when students separated the wax and the honey in a hand-crank separator.

  • High school students soothe bees with smoke while they use a foam paintbrush to encourage bees off of a honey frame. The students harvested two gallons of honey from just one beehive, instructor Jim Lundberg said.

  • Beehives cared for by Charles City students are located on a pollinator habitat at the Floyd County fairgrounds.

  • Seventh grade students try a taste of locally harvested honey during a visit to the high school agriculture classroom on Tuesday.

  • Kaleb Osier, junior, scrapes off beeswax for future use by another class after the honey is separated. Beeswax can be used to make lip balm, candles and other products sold commercially.

  • Seventh grade students watch junior Caleb Hejna separate honey from beeswax on Tuesday morning.

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