|Some hard workin' women!|
|Checking the frames.|
We began by examining the hive and pulled out 2 full honey supers. We encouraged the bees to move down into the hive by using a very stinky bee repellent. This way we were able to remove the full supers and frames without bringing too many bees with them. Mary, a crisis counselor at our facility has been wanting to get into the hive this whole year but, we hadn't been able to sync up our schedules to make it happen. She was finally able to come out and get into the bees when we pulled the honey. I have to tell you that this woman is fearless! It was awesome. In the past, we have had plenty of residents and staff members who enjoy walking down and watching Susun (our allstar volunteer) and myself work with the bees. They (understandably) tend to prefer observing us from afar. Mary, on the other hand, was right up in there with us! This lady is a natural. In fact, she's the one that got all of these great close shots of the hive. Thanks so much, Mary!
|Susun, our ever faithful beekeeping mentor... Thanks!!!!|
In order to extract the honey we had to borrow an extractor from a local beekeeper. We met up the next morning to get going on spinning out our honey. We had lots of help! Our faithful beekeeping mentor, Susun was back to show us how it's done. We also had a number of staff, volunteers, and clients participating.
|Dean is getting really psyched about using the extractor!|
|Keep on crankin'.....|