I can’t describe the feeling I got as I watched David and Mark unload and settle the new bees in their new home at the Farm yard – separated from the other hives already there. I felt so proud of what the guys were doing and I was so happy to be there, walking among the bees. I thought, this is really the right thing to do – giving back to the environment by growing more bees for sustainment. It’s so basic yet so critical to our survival. When I think about it in those terms, all the little things that frustrate me, or that I think are critical, at my IT job really pale in comparison. I am so happy Mark is doing this and I am blessed to be learning so much from him and all the people he and I encounter along our journey. And a special thank you to David – he’s awesome to work with and a joy to know. We are so glad we met him! Here he is working the forklift. The man is a rockstar on that thing – he can turn it on a dime in the tight spaces they had at the yard.
Our new bees are from a beekeeper up in South Dakota, David Hansvold. He has family in the Valley here in Texas but winters his bees up here in our area. He’s been a beekeeper for a long time and was thinking about cutting back from his 1500 hives – yep, 1500. And he does most of the work himself, which is pretty impressive. What I liked was that he told Mark and David that he was really sad to see the bees go. I found that really touching because to me, that means he is truly committed to his work and his bees. Sounds like a person who cares a great deal about his bees so we are lucky he sold us some hives before changing his mind about selling anymore! 🙂 We can’t wait to see how they do here in South Texas. Mark and David plan to care for them through the winter and then build them up before dividing them before the honey-making starts next year. We already have people on our waiting list for nucleus hives so we want these to get nice and strong so we can share them with other folks, many of whom attended our class and are ready to dive in with their own bees. We are really excited about embarking on this new path with the business. It will allow us to grow awareness AND bees through development of more beekeepers in the area.
Here’s one last shot I really like because the colorful boxes remind me of the Sweet Heart candies you see at Valentine’s Day. My favorite is pink. You can see more of these pictures on our Flickr page.