For the Love of Honey and Al


| 12/11/2013 12:58:00 PM


Turn the Paige HomesteadersWe love honey! We were very excited to start the apiary on our new property last year because we had the space to increase the hive count. Once we set up a place under the pine trees to protect them from the 118-degree heat, we started offering free bee recovery services so we could capture feral hives. Very quickly the calls came in – lots of them!  We started carrying our bee recovery vacuum and other equipment with us to our day jobs and recovered more than 30 hives in less than 10 months. Most of the recovered hives did not survive the heat or the stress of the move, but we ended up with six hives by the end of summer.

Recovery

Recovery hive in a bucket

Beekeeping at Waterhorn

Hive maintenence



In November, I received a call inquiring about bees in general and after a few minutes of conversation, I asked if this was about a bee hive recovery. To my surprise, it was not. A director of a movie was looking for non-stinging honeybees (drones) to use in an upcoming Al Pacino movie. At first, I thought it might be a prank, but as it turned out, we ended up providing honeycomb props and drones for the film and got to meet Al Pacino in person. What a thrill!