Bees are an essential part of the farm. They are the pollinators of all the plants. All the fruit trees count on them to bear fruit. All the plants on the property benefit by their industrious work.
They also provide us with wonderful tasty honey. Eating honey is an excellent way to avoid allergies as the bees visit all the local plants and thus their honey imparts a homeopathic dose of the allergens that create the reaction of our histamines. But we eat it for the flavor and nutrition.
The hives must be inspected regularly to divide queens, maintain and remove the honey. This is always done in the evening when the bees are in and calm. Smoke calms them to allow us to open the hive. The dividers are removed and placed in a centrifuge to spin out the honey. You can see this process in some of our videos on the website.
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