Saturday, April 14, 2012

Busy As A HONEY Bee

"You know you have to make hay while the sun shines, in our case I guess it is make honey while the flowers bloom." - Guy the Beekeeper 
Lately I have been working very hard and Finally, I am seeing results and it is so nice! A Youth Loan is offered by the FSA (Farm Service Agency). This loan is exceptionally great! There is only a 1.25% interest rate, 5-7 years to pay it off and the ability to apply for up to $5,000. The loan is targeted to youth because of the agriculture youth are involved in around my area. After looking into it some, we decided that it would be a good opportunity for me. The paper work took a little while, about 2 weeks. On the 4th of this month the paperwork and signatures were finalized. I applied for just shy of $5,000. By the 6th it was transferred into an account that I set up and the 9th it was time to get to work! Daddy has been helping me with all the accounting and keeping me straight while momma makes sure I have everything and am being safe around the bees.
Monday night I bought 3 beautiful, healthy hives from a long time beekeeper. He showed us quite a few and I personally found the Queen bee in 4 of his hives. That is a BIG accomplishment in the beekeeping world. Thursday I had a man and his son build a nice little honey house for me. Tim Richardson did really good work in a short amount of time, the honey house was finished Friday. Sometime soon I have my mentor coming to look everything over and he is bringing me 3 nucs. -Will explain about that in a later post-

My Honey Bee Journey
The air is full of little  yellow honey bees in the afternoon.

Pottery Barn Colors! Momma loves them and is
sad that I might have to paint over them .

The foundation and beginning of my honey house!

All sides are done and its time for the roof....

The honey house is 10x12 with a 4 ft. loft to store equipment.

Just after being painted, the red is beautiful! 

The Finished Honey House! 
I can't tell you how excited I have been about all this! Many of my friends and Family know that I am Floating because of how ready I am to really get into all that is to come. A Honey House is where I will be able to store: Jars, Labels, Buckets, Supers, Frames, Foundation and Honey. This week will be the time for us to add electricity and water lines. We have been blessed to receive a sink from another house and that will go in here, also some insulation from an old chicken house that I have cleaned to put in there. There's still plenty to do but I will keep ya updated!

Gabby .V.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I love your blog, it is really wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing so many beautiful moments at your farm, they are unique!
    Also thank you for visiting my blog! :)
    Best wishes,