Good morning. Happy Saturday. I am sooooo excited to have a pretty much “no commitment day”. It has been about two weeks since I have had one of these. 😀
For Saturday Snapshot today I though it would be fun to bring up something I talked about a couple of years ago but recently revisited…
A couple of years ago my friend Amanda took on the adventure of raising bees and harvesting pure organic honey. Always fascinated with anything
buzzy, shiny… I was in on that deal. I was thrilled when she invited me over to help her out:
By spending a day with her, I learned so much about bees and bee keeping…. for one… it is a heck of a lot of work:
The bee boxes – that she builds herself are filled with slats for bees to build their honey.
You put the bees into the boxes and they will weave themselves in and out of the slots and trays where they will be making honey.
Every bee box needs a queen and you add her to the box just as seen here, in this little box that will have a marshmallow on the end. In about three days the bees will eat the marshmallow and the Queen will be set free to run her hive. Crazy and fascinating stuff! At the time of this picture Amanda was purchasing her queens, but she has since learned to create her own which is a talent not many of the bee people have which gives her a bit of a notch up.
Above I showed you what a new bee box looks like, but this one is a well used box where bees have been busy doing their thing. In this pic Amanda is looking for the Queen. II felt a need a to capitalize, after all.. she is the queen. 😉
It has been two years now since Amanda has started and her business is buzzing (sorry couldn’t resist!) They now have a website called Buck’s Busy Bee’s and she travels between here in Central Minnesota to Florida where her bees are being used to help pollinate fruit trees.
This past week their family was in a bit of a crisis with the sudden unexpected loss of a grandmother. Amanda had 15,000 bee frames to make by today to be loaded on a truck that leaves tomorrow morning. With the additional things going on this week she was unsure how she would ever make it happen. Myself as well as a whole team of relatives and friends went over to her home on Wednesday and we made bee frames and bee boxes. I only took one picture while I was there – but I wish I would have taken more of everyone working together to make deadline. It really was a cool thing to see and I learned something new… how to build the bee box frames. 😀
As the frames are glued… I was covered in it! It was a good time though and I was happy to help. I hope to get out there more this year and help her. This fall I will be writing an article about Amanda and the bees for Her Voice magazine. I am happy to share her story 🙂