We did it – made it through the first formal class we’ve ever done together and totally enjoyed it so much we can’t wait for the next one already. Which is good since it’s next Saturday. It was so great to have an enthusiastic group of people interested to spend two hours in the heat and mugginess. Thank goodness for the shade of our gigantic pecan tree and the light breeze. We were really glad we brought the hives to the yard rather than trekking out to a bee yard – that really would have cut into our time with the students. In the top picture, we’re in the first segment of class – a 30 minute lecture on basic beekeeping equipment and the use and importance of each piece. We also discussed types of bees, what to look for on frames and some health issues related to the well-being of a hive. Then, the fun part – putting those space suits, I mean bee suits, on so we can get into a live hive.
We got to spend about 30 minutes in the hive. The most amazing part for me, as I was taking pictures, was seeing how close students got to the hive. They were really in there taking part in learning and it was awesome to see that! The more people we can turn on to bees, the better. I told Mark it felt really right when I watched him showing students the most perfect brood pattern you could ask for as a beekeeper trying to explain things to beginners. Take a look at this frame he pulled out for them – can’t ask for a more perfect example of cell usage.
After that frame, we were able to also show the students the queen herself. Very nice. The hive was awesome – so gentle that Mark hardly had to use any smoke. The level of comfort was very nice and that allowed for a great experience for the students. Our volunteers were also awesome – big thanks to David, Mason and Joy – y’all really helped us a great deal today! And a big thanks to Jessica from our local radio station for joining us for the full class. Looks like we’ll be covered in the Monday paper! Go GBR! Did I already say we’re already looking forward to next class?