"Bee inspired" by our new environmental initiative!
Many diverse species of wildlife inhabit our lush 2,300 acres, but did you know that Mirasol is also home to thousands of busy bees?
In an ongoing effort to advance our sustainable resource management practices as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Golf Course Maintenance Director Michael Thomas engaged beekeeper Sierra Malnove to install 20 beehives
in remote parts of our community in February 2019.
From apples to broccoli to almonds and coffee, bees are responsible for pollinating a majority of the food we eat. As a result of lack of habitat due to urban sprawl and environmental factors, bees are dying. In 2017, the first bee was added to the endangered species list. Through our exciting “Bee Inspired” initiative
, we hope to slow this population decline.
Did you know that the flavor profile of honey can vary depending on what is in bloom at the time the honey is created? With bees getting most of their nectar from trees, we will have no shortage of plants for these purposeful pollinators! The first harvest of our very own brand, Yes! Honey
, took place in May 2019 and yielded more than 320 pounds of honey, and in our first full year of the program, we harvested over 800 pounds in total
Think outside the teacup! Honey is also a great complement to cooked or cured meats and salty, hard cheeses. Watch for the special “Bee Inspired” logo on our menus
, which indicates the Mirasol recipes that include our very own honey. From appetizers to desserts and delicious cocktails, we have big plans for our quarterly harvests!
In addition to the culinary uses we’re planning, we have also produced a nourishing lip balm
with our beeswax, which is now available for purchase in the Golf Pro Shop and Tennis Center! You’ll love its sweet scent and moisturizing qualities so much, you’ll want to grab one for your purse, your desk, your home... anywhere you need relief from dry lips. We have also begun offering several lines of luxurious beauty products in The Spa and Salon. Stay tuned for details about future uses for Yes! Honey!
Watch our social media channels
for posts tagged with #beeinspiredmirasol
to learn more about the process our honey goes through from the hive to your home. “Bee” educated! If you have questions about our initiative or our bees, please send a message to [email protected]