A few months ago, The Beekeeper got a call from a distraught Urban Gardener from Tampa who could no longer keep his bees. He had recently added a Beehive to his Permaculture paradise to pollinate his plants and fruit trees but then there was some new construction in his neighbor which made it impossible for him to keep his bees any longer.
City Hive to Farm Hive
He reached out to The Beekeeper and wanted to find a good home for them, so he went, with the gracious help of one of our neighbors to collect the hive and relocated it to our farm.
At first we were not sure of the condition of the hive as there was little activity and we feared that there was robbing going on, so we gave the bees a few weeks to allow them to settle in.
Then this weekend, as we brainstormed what we wanted to accomplish, we decided to
test the commitment of teach our farmhand how we harvest honey here on the homestead.
He was exited at the prospect and we got him all suited up in protective gear, for safety.
They found that the hive was healthy and doing well. Some of the frames had deteriorated but the bees managed to continue their construction anyway.
Because the hive was in the city, the honey is dark and rich due to the wonderful flower diversity.
While we were out, I took advantage of the beautiful sunny day to take some photos of our Honey bottles for our shop.
We will be harvesting our other hives and putting our FlowHive together in the coming days so Brace Yourselves, more Bee Stories are coming!
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