Performing a hive relocation from a water-valve box.
This season, late Spring through early Summer, has been an amazing adventure. We’ve expanded our bee yards, helped new beekeepers get their first colonies up and running, made amazing business partnerships with local peers, and despite an intense focus on expanding our total stock of colonies, we’ve even managed to produce quite a lot of honey, which we’ll be harvesting in the very near future!
It’s been a rewarding experience to say the least. I’ve learned so many valuable beekeeping, personal, and professional skills which translate to many other areas. Working with nature, and becoming more mindful of the little things, has brought me towards a greater appreciation of life. Professionally, I’ve grown more efficient, developed more mindfulness, expanded my teamwork abilities, as well as learning to consistently seek meaningful actions and thoughts, to continue to make positive change.
We’re on the cusp of our goal to populate our first 100 colonies in our network, before Winter. They’re located throughout South and Central Texas, across many different bee-yard (apiaries). To venture to all the various apiary plots, and to see the differentiation in plant and animal life is astounding. To know how pivotal a role that pollination carries for all of these ecosystems intriguing. Not only the sheer magnitude of production the bees do themselves, but also the seeds, flowers, and other plant matter that goes on after pollination to feed birds, animals/people, and many other insects.
I feel so lucky to have happened upon such fortunate opportunities, and intend to keep it all going and pay it forward working with local communities, colleagues, friends, and not to mention all the bees. Please stay tuned with Royal Jelly Bee Co. for more info on our first big honey harvest, coming soon. I’m sure we won’t know what to do with it all!