Croom Schoolhouse HoneybeesAgriculture Company in Croom, Maryland
We caught a colony of bees in a swarm bait box that Jeff made based off the research of Thomas D. Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy. It took nearly two years of leaving the box alone, but finally the plywood offgassed enough to attract honeybees.
A job removing honeybees--the homeowners were debating whether to call in an exterminator. After Jeff explained killing bees without removing the comb would only invite more critters looking to eat the honey, they were very happy to have a beekeeper come and take everything away.
one hive is going strong, busting at the seams; some are moderate about what you'd expect coming out of winter, and some are struggling with low populations and we had to combine them to boost their numbers.
The local section of the Washington Post printed an article about Jeff removing the bees from the church bell tower. We're sold out of Holy Honey, but Croom Honey is still available!
Holy Honey is available! It is $10 a bottle, and profits will be donated to the Bell Tower Fund, to help the cost of repairing damage to the Saint Thomas Church bell tower from the 2011 earthquake. This weekend, we're also extracting honey from our own Croom Schoolhouse Apiary and that honey will be available soon.
The video was taken with a phone camera, it isn't so good, but does show off all the bees and what was involved with the job. Tomorrow, I'll include a picture of the bee vac that Jeff built. We expect to have "Holy Honey" for sale shortly!
Early capped honey--the supers are getting really heavy, but it seems the nectar flow is slowing down. This is from the scale hive, which is very strong. We also found swarm cells in the fifth hive and made another nuc.
Our scale hive gained ten pounds today. Ten pounds of nectar in a single day, they've been busy. Nectar is heavier than honey, since it contains a lot of moisture, but it shows we're well into the nectar flow now.