Pictures of the Farm

Hobe Sound, Florida

59419195_846868655693643_475011468268824

Out to Pasture

24 of our hives in what we refer to as "bee spot 2", the 2nd location of hives on the family ranch. These bees benefit from plenty of wildflowers, saw palmetto, gallberry, and the South Fork River, which backs up to the property.

58784947_842679359445906_140609945006505

Load up

Most of the hive building and painting takes place in our garage, then we load 'em up and take 'em down to the ranch. There are no weekends or evenings off around here...farming is a 24 hour job!

60725930_856450621402113_566840692139307

Everybody in!

We decided to purchase a few "nucleus" bee colonies from another local apiary to give our bees some genetic diversity. Here, we are putting frames of bees in their new hive homes.

62602364_873353173045191_113998333653444

Safety first

Our bees are fairly gentle, but to be on the safe side we always protect our faces, hands, and use a smoker to calm the bees a bit before inspections.

58667521_842980809415761_273061338929745

A little fun

Setting up a new "bee spot" on the pasture is always a time for celebration in our family. We bring a cooler and everyone helps get homes ready for our working ladies!

56627540_831004500613392_213942305524233

HGTV for bees

Kurt is the master carpenter around here, and has built hundreds of bee homes right in our garage. The work never stops...

60973494_859703747743467_154412058205906

Exterior decorators

Jodi and the girls decided to "bee" creative and add a little color to a few of the hives. Did you know that bees can orient to colors and shapes? We hope our bees enjoy our artwork!

62109607_869159573464551_154193053958012

Gearing up

On a normal day on the farm, we work through over 50 hives. You ain't been hot in South Florida till you've been bee-suit-hot!