Hi From the Hive!
Thank you for opening the door, and helping me to get started on this path.
Thank you for helping me to see that it is ok to step out of my box. For showing me that it's ok to not want to live like everyone else, and for challenging me to be ok with doing it on my own.
You know who you are .
It was meant to be a hobby, something to aid me in my quest of having my own backyard homestead. Before, I had been relentlessly rubbing squash buds together in an attempt at manual pollination, hoping that I could will my dreams onto my sad little vegetable garden. It wasn't until a happy coincidence that we met a beekeeper who passionately told us of her experiences raising bees. We were intrigued. Thousands of tiny little helpers to pollinate our garden and provide us with sweet liquid gold? We'll just get ONE hive.
Fast forward to 4 years later, and that one hive has multiplied many times over. And in the last 4 years, there have been good times and bad, growing pains in the form of many stings and swollen body parts (who needs lip injections?!) and a reward that far exceeded the ooey gooey good stuff. I found myself captivated by these small, buzzing creatures; their habits and mannerism, the way they communicated and maintained harmony in a hive of nearly 50,000. It's like the most well organized sorority ever, minus the hazing and awkward social engagements. Beekeeping has created some exciting and unique opportunities for me and has introduced to a community that I didn't even know was out there. I love sharing my passion for bees, and frankly all pollinators, with other keepers and with people who are just plain curious. I feel like I'm getting to know a part of myself that was always buried away, I get to be in nature, contributing to bettering the world I live in by making sure that my bees have the best chance at life.
The transition from hobby to small business has been a bumpy road. I am continuing to learn so much with every hive and every new keeper I meet and I love the challenge. I very much consider myself a small fish amongst many knowledgable and seasoned beekeepers, but I am anxious to continue learning all that I can.
Thank you for joining me on my journey, let's have some fun with it!