John Nagy '00M.A. | Winter 2013-14 | Notre Dame Magazine
Let’s begin with the honeybees that swarm Rodney and Jeanette Winkel’s Grandview Orchards in Berrien County, Michigan, from mid-April until early May, carrying life-giving pollen from peach to apple to tart cherry blossom — 240 colonies of them trucked up from Florida each spring.
They buzz from tree to tree on the Winkels’ 740 acres while the mowing begins in the orchards and the asparagus rises nearby. So much depends upon the delicate work of the bees, like the delivery of fresh fruit to Notre Dame’s loading docks from the first cherry harvest of summer through the Rome apples that ship in time for pie season in late October.
[Photo by University Photographer Barbara Johnston]