Rob Keller's Napa Valley Bee Company is a sustainable honeybee organization that recognizes the importance of strong genetics in our local indigenous bee. Breeding from survivor stock in our area is a way to solve some of the problems with European Honey Bees.
The bees are all over the onion flowers at the farm.
I guess there's a place in Napa called Beehive Peak. How awesome is that? How la-may is it that I've never heard of it or been there? Really.... I saw it in Chuck O'Rear's new book Napa Valley.
Holding bees at Calistoga Ranch
Super cool comb bees built in a fire box on Peartree Lane.
Bees in Billy G's roof.
Teak hives on their new deck:
Moving the teak hives with a refrigerator dolly
Gorgeous aren't they?....
Father's Day swarm removal:
I'm on a roof- I'm on a roof.
These guys were absolute bee ballers, seriously, they did a stellar job wrangling bees for the first time. That big kid got half the swarm dumped on his head and stayed true. Not that it matters, but they are from Colorado.
I know, I was just on about those guys from Colorado being the bee ballers but really... Check me out. The following night after I hived the swarm, I shuffled that fatty double decker hive, zero emission style, on my bike. While your at it, check those bling bling tires!
Light didn't work so well for seeing in front of me while riding home, but it sure made for great photos.
I I I saw the queen the next day releasing the bees at College Ave., so now you can too.
Bees at the bed and breakfast:
Not too big - not too small - but all and all they're in the wall.
Long narrow comb with cocktail mermaids holding the pieces together. I caged the queen cause I didn't want her to split, litterly!
I picked up Barret and Brian hitchhiking in Rutherford, dropped them off a day later and 7 miles closer to their destination. Learned a lot about thumbing it and jumping the train.
Hitching a ride to go work the bees at Calistoga Ranch
Rudy von Strasser hitching a ride on the back of my beekeeping splitty.