The beekeeping trend is becoming more popular amid small home farmers and permaculturalists. If you didn't know, a bee farm is called an apiary and the beekeeper is referred to as an apiarist. I've been telling Evan for several months now that I plan to start my own apiary when we move back to the States. He concurs under one condition - I must name my harvested honey as Chelsea's Bee Barf (don't be grossed out.. essentially, that is what honey truly is). Not sure I really agree with that branding...
Anyway, I've noticed so many more features of apiarists lately than any other type of homesteading. These images were taken by acclaimed photographer Karen Wise for a post on The People Who Feed Us (now named HandPicked Nation). The woman in the photo is beekeeper Mary Woltz, from Sag Harbor, New York. Her beekeeping business is named the Bee's Needs (because she seeks to put their needs first, and believes this is how she gets some of the most sought-after honey in America). Check out the rest of these awesome photos:
Do you know anyone that keeps bees? When I was a kid, there was a apiarist that kept his bee boxes on our ranch. We were never allowed to go near them, but it was fun to spot those old white boxes as we drove past the field. Although his bees are no longer located on our land, our bee man Robert Hughes still sells his East Texas wildflower honey near our home and in local grocery stores. I've brought it back to Puerto Rico twice already. There's just something about home-grown local honey that just makes everything so much sweeter.
In the next part of this little series, I'll introduce you to the importance of local honey (for your health and your community) and some resources to start researching if an apiary is right for you.
Also, be sure to check out my contribution on the last Friday of the month over at Dearest Nature. This week, I'm featured today!