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Sweet Success

Cantigny—the well-regarded, 27-hole public-golf complex outside Chicago—is already a leader in environmental stewardship and a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. To that list of green accomplishments, add apiary. Scott Witte, the club’s superintendent, is an accomplished beekeeper, maintaining 10 hives on the property. The honeybees help pollinate flowers on the courses’ 300 acres and the honey they produce is sold in the golf shop, as are candles and lip balm made from the beeswax. But there’s more. According to the local Daily Herald, Witte took $200 of the “honey money” earned from product sales and, through the Educational Development Projects Trust, sent it to a high school in Ghana to help the students in the Awutu-Winton Bee Club buy three bee suits and two smokers. Now that’s a perfect story for “The Buzz."

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