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NATO’s apiary started with two hives in 2020 and now has four hives thanks to successful honey production. This year’s harvest is expected to be about 50 kilograms.
NATO beekeeper collects honey from hives twice a year. Depending on weather conditions, one hive can collect up to 25 kilograms of honey. Much of the honey is left for the bees to survive the winter months. Around 350 jars of NATO honey were sold at the Alliance’s charity bazaar in November 2022, and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented jars of NATO honey to ambassadors at the North Atlantic Council last December.
NATO beehives are part of the “greening” initiative at NATO headquarters. Honey bees play an important role in the local ecosystem as they pollinate surrounding trees, crops and plants within a three kilometer radius. This includes a wildflower meadow at NATO HQ with a mix of native plants and flowers, including poppies and corn, which have been specially selected to encourage bees, butterflies and birds.