Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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Evening Honey Harvest with AJ Moses

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Remember those beehives that were added to the RCS property last spring?  We have enjoyed watching those honeybees working hard collecting nectar and pollinating our garden all summer, and on an August evening we were invited back to watch Master Gardener and beekeeper AJ Moses harvest the honey produced by those wonderful little bees! 

Safe behind the office window!
We kept our distance watching from an inside window
while AJ suited up and used a technique to move the bees to a lower part of the hive by using a very smelly covering. The bees thought the odor unpleasant, too!  Then he pulled a frame to show us where the honey is stored.  Once the bees moved on to another area of the hive, he brought us the frame to inspect!  We used little bamboo sticks to carefully remove the outer
beeswax covering on a few of the hexagon-shaped holes and then let the honey drip onto our stick and then onto a cracker or just directly into our mouths!  Sweet goodness!

The remainder of the honey will be donated to Valley Outreach so other families will have an opportunity to try this natural treat.  Thanks, AJ!  And, thank you, honeybees!

- Kathy Luoma, Washington County Master Gardener