09/15/2006: "Million workers to join Living Green Farm!"
Well, a million worker bees! Some friends of Rebecca's, Tad and Karen, are full-time beekeepers, and they need a place to park some hives for the winter. Supposedly, the bees won't be too active in the winter, and so shouldn't impact us. However, as part of the deal Tad and Karen will mentor us on the care and feeding of the apis melifera. Nate is going to clear a space in the area just west of the cottage for the bee hives, which apparently will arrive on pallets (these are bees that Tad and Karen 'rent out' to agricultural enterprises for pollination, apparently). The move will be done at night, so that all the inhabitants are safely inside. What's exciting is that Nate and I had talked about eventually getting some bees, and now here are some practically leaping into our lives! A little ahead of schedule, like the cow, but welcome nonetheless. Rumor has it that Tad and Karen are the source of the fabulous meadowfoam honey that we've enjoyed as a condiment down at The Farm.
(photo courtesy of Jon Sullivan