A Family Adventure

A few years ago Kat had the notion of taking up beekeeping. At least that's the way I remember it. If you ask her she'll insist it was my idea, but in any case, we signed up for "Starting Right with Bees," a beginning beekeeping class offered periodically by NEOBA (The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association), and our family adventure began.

And it truly was a family adventure. Kat and I both took the classes, along with our two teenaged sons and my elderly mother. We finished the classes in February 2012, bought a young colony from a fellow member of Neoba on 28 March, collected a feral swarm from Bartlesville on 2 April (see photo), and bought 2 nucs from Greg Hannaford on 26 May. And so we began our apiary, our first summer of beekeeping, with those four hives.

We've grown some since then, both in hive count and in knowledge. Oh, we've had our share of set backs too. After all, success without failures is just blind luck. But as God continues to bless our efforts, and we continue to grow, we remain a family, and a family operation.