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Urban Farm promotes Lowcountry Bee Cause Project

by Susan Johnson, Ph.D.
Office of Health Promotion director

The MUSC Urban Farm is proud to be working with The Bee Cause Project, a local non–profit that educates young people about the importance of honeybees and their well–being by the installation of 1000 beehives in area schools. The Urban Farm will be unveiling a new observation beehive donated by The Bee Cause Project to support our mission of building a healthier community by inspiring people with local, nutritious and delicious food.

Bees help make one–third of our food by transferring pollen and seeds from one flower to another and fertilizing the plant so it can grow food. Simply put: no bees, no food.
Pesticides and changes to our environment are threatening the honeybees’ existence. Nearly one–third of the colonies have disappeared. The number of hives is the lowest it’s been in 50 years.

On July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m., everyone is invited to join the celebration and installation of MUSC’s new observational hive with a Bee Party focusing on the role of bees in the food chain. There will be a cooking demo, samples, honey harvest and tasting, silent auction, live art, and plenty of opportunities to appreciate the summer harvest at the MUSC Urban Farm.
For more information and to RSVP to this event, email

Wellness Events

  • Take the July monthly Mindful Challenge —The July challenge is to eat less processed: Reconnect with real food. To begin, take the first July Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at (A link to the final survey will be sent at month’s end to those who take the first survey).
  • Chair massages: Free massages are offered to employees on midday Wednesdays. Look for broadcast messages for locations and times.
  • Farmers Markets: Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Harborview); Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ART); and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Horseshoe).

MUSC Urban Farm

  • Sunset Work & Learns – Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. Take home fresh produce in return for work efforts. Open to all employees, students and the community
  • Third Thursday Lunch & Learn — 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Aug. 21. Stay as long as your schedule permits.
  • Third Saturday Family Friendly Work & Learn — 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 16. Bring a plastic bag to take home fresh produce in return for work efforts. Please wear closed–toe shoes. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary. Open to all MUSC employees, students and the general community
  • Early Bird Maintenance —7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Get your day started at the farm.

Contact Susan Johnson, Ph.D., for information on the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC. Contact Suzan Beneson Whelan, for specific information on Employee Wellness or the MUSC Urban Farm. Events, speakers, classes or any other ideas are welcome.

August 1, 2014



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