What’s your favorite thing about beekeeping?
“In September, the bees work goldenrod and aster flowers. They make a thick, rich honey that you can smell throughout the bee yard. To me, it smells like butterscotch, and I love to just walk around the hives. It’s some of my favorite honey, too.” – Gary Lockhart
“I love the honey, but I love the community around it, too. I always look forward to meeting up with other beekeepers in the area, and since I also like woodworking, I love building hive sets for local beekeepers asking for them.” – Derick Forester
“You can learn something every day about the bees and beekeeping. Honeybees are the most studied insect in the world – there’s always something new and informative.” – Steve Sweeney
“I started beekeeping because I wanted to get honey from the hives each year. I really didn’t know much else about honeybees. Over the years, I have not produced much honey, but I have fallen in love with the honeybee – they are fascinating creatures. Also, keeping bees reconnects me with things that I ordinarily take for granted. I pay more attention to the seasons, when certain trees and flowers are blooming, how much they’ve bloomed, and so on.” – Randy Overton
“True beekeeping to me is being one with the bees in the moments you are in their home while doing inspections. The breeds of honeybees I keep are very gentle and rarely sting. That said, if you are having a bad day or are not paying attention to what you are doing, they will let you know really quickly they are unhappy.” – Lankford Partin