My dad was a bivocational Baptist preacher who grew up during the Great Depression. He and his dad were very mechanically minded and innovative people. In response to the U.S. sugar shortage resuling from World War II, my grandfather and dad began building beehives and selling package bees and queens. At one time, they had over 400 hives and even more nucs. They sold honey locally in South Alabama and bees and queens nationally.
Hearing the stories of managing this many hives intrigued me, and this led me to want to have beehives. I actually have the original honey extractor my grandfather and dad used in the 1940’s (still in excellent working condition).
Janet and I had our first hives in 1975 and have had hives most of the years since. Our daughter used to help me rob the bees.
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