“The only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee…The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey…and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” Winnie the Pooh
“Eat honey, my child, for it is good.” Proverbs 24:13
At First Fruits Farm, we not only grow vegetables but also maintain beehives to produce honey and beeswax for candle making. While many busy bees are required to keep a hive healthy and active, it is the queen who rules the roost. Sorry for mixing the farm metaphors here….
The past few winters, both the brutal ones and the recent mild one, have not been conducive to beekeeping and the FFF hives have not flourished. The queens flew the coop (there I go again) and the worker bees followed suit. So, Rick ordered twenty more hives and , with the help of Aaron Leininger and Dave Churchill, prepares the bees and introduces them to their new homes.
As you can see, beekeeping is not for the faint of heart and it is critical to wear the appropriate protective gear. There are many resources available to beekeepers, veterans and novices alike. The Central Maryland Beekeeper’s Association and Oregon Ridge Nature Center offer classes and other resources on all aspects of beekeeping.
Dave Churchill separates the bee boxes while Rick Bernstein looks on. Rick and Aaron Leininger introduce a colony to their new hive.