This was OUR question. We had originally designed our Forest to function with natural areas and ponds to enhance native pollinator populations. In addition, we began a wildflower enhancement program to aid our little winged friends. Mistakenly, we thought that this was the extent of our bee adventure and really hadn’t considered keeping hives ourselves. But guess what happened? Nephew Zach took an interest in honey bees.
So, in March 2018, for 8 days, Nephew Zach and his Uncle Joey attended a course in bee-keeping. Look for photos of this adventure, complete with bee suits, veils and smokers. This was real hands-on knowledge. So, with the temporary assistance of assistance of local beekeepers, we are going to start keeping honey bees beginning in the summer of 2018. Thanks to Nephew Zach and Uncle Joey, there should be honey and candles for everyone shortly.
Being pesticide free means our bees will be happy and healthy….therefore Happy Honey!! We are very exited about this whole journey. It should be both educational and tasty.
Please stay tuned for future honey bee adventures as this project evolves and flourishes. Our industrious little pollinators, both native and housed are essential to our forest ecology.