Early Spring and Loads of Work!
Hello Backers and Friends!
This month has been SO busy, and we still have about 2 more weeks of work until the hives are all up and buzzing! The bees have all been ordered, and the hives have all been built. Four hives will start as "nucs" which I am getting from Majenica Creek Honey Farm in Huntington, Indiana. Four will start from packages of bees (yes, literal screened boxes full of bees) from Apple Blossom Honey Farm in Star City, IN, and two others will be coming from southern IL.
So how did we get here?! With SO much help from our generous friends. On Monday the 19th a giant skid of hive equipment showed up at my door. I reeeally wished I had a warehouse space, let me tell ya.
We threw a Hive Building Party that night and it lasted for four evenings. 23 people showed up, a few for multiple nights! HUGE thanks to Laura, Adrianne, Justin, Elaine, Christina, Ned, Andrea, Melissa, Erin, Levi, Todd, Melissa, Rosa, Luly, Tom, Kayla, Justin, "Michael", Dreiske, Brandon, and our littlest helper, Graeme! Special thanks to Ned for coming 3 nights in a row, Levi and Erin for bringing the nail gun, and to Christina and Rosa for working 2 nights each and for filming the process. Together we assembled 65 hive boxes and 700 frames!
Yesterday Max and Anna came over and we painted the 65 hive boxes in daffodil yellow, light chartreuse, sky blue, white, and pink! We'll mix and match them to create really nice looking beehives. These colors will look beautiful in the garden and help the bees identify their home. Today I assembled my Bikes at Work trailer, it looks great!
So as you can see, we've been busy. Over the next few days we'll begin placing the empty hives at their new homes, and then when the bees come in to Chicago from the Indiana farms we'll install them. I must admit that my timing was off now that I've missed the March deadline for getting some of the rewards out to you amazing people. I thought March would be a chill, bee-free month where I could get some serious illustration work done. GUESS NOT! Now I am shooting for end of April. I hope you all understand!
With this crazy early spring we're having in Chicago, the bees that I do have have been going nuts! My friend Will and I went down to visit the hive at Eden place and they're already acting like it's June. Will caught some excellent photos through his bee veil. Check out this sneak peek of the photos he took below, I'm blown away. See more of his work at www.eightonesevenphotography.com
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