Why does someone become a beekeeper? In our case, it's because we love to garden. My wife, Chris, and I moved into our New Jersey home in 1996 and over the years we noticed fewer and fewer honey bees on our flowers. During the summer of 2010, there were no honey bees at all. We have a friend who was a long time beekeeper and he suggested we help him manage his hives. After some discussion, and lots of research, we decided to give it a go. Soon, we transported an established colony to our backyard and the rest, as they say, is history.
We didn't collect much honey the first two years. What we did harvest, we mostly gave away to our friends. We grew our apiary each year, and added a few more bee yards to keep the bees. We sold our first bottles of honey at the Hightstown (NJ) Harvest Fair in October 2013! Boy, were we unprepared! We set up a couple of tables and brought a patio umbrella for shade. Now, we attend as many Spring, Summer, and Fall Festivals as we can. We managed about forty hives (give or take) and we had them placed in six different bee yards. Once we find a great location, we place the bees there and that becomes their home. The bees stay put. We do all the work traveling back and forth to them. That's why our bees are Happy Bees! Now that we've moved to Virginia, we're ready to continue with our beekeeping and keeping our bees happy!
We manage all our bees ourselves. We harvest all our honey ourselves as well. It's minimally processed, all natural and raw, and brought to you as the bees intended! I love Happy Bees!