On Sunday, August 26, our eldest son-in-law (Richard Chao) was nice enough to help harvest the last hive. This is the third year that Rich has helped in the honey harvest and he is becoming a pro. This is the hive (# 5) that was started by a swarm. At the beginning of the season, I placed empty hives in the apiary, to get ready for the new bee packages. We (Mathew Togmai – youngest son in law and I) picked up the bee packages from Steve Tabar in Vacaville and when we attempted to install the first package, we discovered that the hive was already occupied by a swarm. Fine with us. So we were very interested in how the swarm would perform as compared to the other hives started from bee packages.
On Saturday, August 18, the brothers Blankenship (Mathew and Phillip) helped extract honey from hive number 4. This hive clearly was the most productive this year. We removed 4 honey supers with mostly full frames. Looks like the total honey harvest will be about 15 gallons from this hive. Mat and Phil did an outstanding job removing honey. They were real pros, gathering honey from the frames. It was good to see such brotherly teamwork. We knocked off 2 supers in no time at all.
On Saturday, August 12, we had the pleasure of welcoming Alyson and Douglas Harrold to B-Haven Apiary. They had never participated in a honey harvest before, so this day was a new adventure for them. Alyson and Douglas both suited up and helped harvest hive number three. I guess they brought good fortune, since the yield from this hive is definitely greater than each of the other two hives that were already harvested.
On Saturday, August 4, B-Haven was graced by Pastor George and Edeen Negrete and two of their sons: George Jr. and Eddie. In total, they have three sons, but Gabriel was visiting his grandparents. Ah, a proper male-dominated household! I wonder if the Negretes have three sons because they are fans of the TV show “My Three Sons“, which aired from 1960 to 1972.
On Sunday, July 29, we kicked off the 2012 B-Haven Honey Harvest with a visit from the Togamis. Our youngest daughter (Desiree) is married to Mathew Togami. Mathew’s parents (Nancy and Kenji Togami) had never been involved in a honey harvest so we invited them to get check it out. I like to limit a particular honey harvest day to a single hive. We can then take our time and enjoy ourselves. Kenji, Mathew, and I all suited up, so we were adequately staffed. Nancy and Evelyn supervised from the wings.