First of all, I apologize for that title. Jesse made me do it.
But it’s true! The bees are here! I drove early Tuesday morning to Mount Sterling to pick up two nucs. Nucs are basically several frames of bees that have been removed from a thriving hive and then either given a new queen or make their own. We had a thrilling two hour drive back to the farm, as a handful escaped inside the car and were not too happy. It was a pretty bad day for the bees, altogether…dark and rainy…their least favorite kind of weather. I opened up the nuc boxes and set them on top of their new homes for a while before removing the frames and placing them inside.
This very sunny morning, I checked inside the hives to make sure everything looked normal….and I found much happier bees! They were very busy and didn’t pay much attention to me at all. It is such a joy to me! It seems like I have been waiting forever, since sitting on my floor months ago putting their hives together. And now I am sitting on the ground next to the hives, buzzing with life, and just watching. They are truly the most amazing little things. They are the reason I first became interested in food and in farming. I love them so much already.