Last fall, Seth got it in his head that it would be cool to keep bees since we have a yard now. He mentioned it to our recently retired neighbor who loved the idea. He proceeded to do all the research and created a plan for beekeeping that we could do together. We agreed and within a few weeks, the bees arrived (by USPS - seriously):
|The cage the bees were shipped in!|
We're using what is called a Warre Hive. These hives closely resemble the kind of living space a bee would have in nature so they're considered "natural beekeeping" with the idea that bees are happier and more productive in these types of hives.
|one of "our girls" carrying pollen back to the hive on her legs|
Even though we have bee suits, these bees (Italian) are so docile we barely need them. I was able to get close for these photos without any issue.
We're so pleased with our bees and we've been encouraging everyone who will listen to consider getting a hive of their own (even city dwellers - yes, it's totally possible). They are essential components to maintaining a healthy environment and as we know, the environment could use all the help it can get! Plus, you get some tasty honey. That's a bonus too :)
Interested in reading more? We had an article
all about our bee project published in the Cohasset Mariner! I also posted more photos here
with captions too.
Have you ever thought about keeping bees?