It all started when...
We're often asked what got us started with beekeeping. To be honest, it was a spontaneous decision after our mom brought home some honeycomb given to her by a friend. I (Aubrey) thought, wow, you can really just have a beehive in your backyard? So what did I do? I called up Gina to see if she was crazy enough to try it with me. It seemed like a logical decision, after all, what a great teaching tool for our children, right? Gina was game, no questions asked. We had no idea what we were getting into or how many times we'd be stung.
We bought two hives, lit up our smoker, and watched a bajillion YouTube videos on beekeeping. One of us would be working with the bees while the other one read directions from our beekeeping book. We're not too proud to mention that it's not much different than that today. If there's one thing we have learned, it's that beekeeping is like raising children and raising children is like herding cats.
We didn't come from a long line of beekeepers. We had no idea what we were doing...we still don't! But our father taught us that we could do anything we put our minds to. I'm not sure that raising bees was what he had in mind, but I'm sure he's watching over us from above and at least laughing at/with us. At the end of the day, if our children have learned how to work hard and understand how to sacrifice for something they believe in, then we'll consider it a good day.