October 25, 2014

From a Book to Honey Bees: A Teenager’s Journey into Beekeeping

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

by Sarah A. Gould My journey with bees is one that is different from many of the stories of my fellow beekeepers. For one thing, I began beekeeping at 15 years old. This fact alone differentiates me from many other beekeepers who perhaps have turned this hobby into a side career or retirement hobby. This is not say that there isn’t a strong population of younger beekeepers, but compared to the … [Read more...]

Behind the Veil: Ian Munger

Ian Munger Portrait

North Berwick [York County] Beekeeper Since: 2009 Hives: Currently 3 hives split between 2 rural apiaries; these from several hives combined in late fall. Day Job: Detective Beginnings: I have always been interested in bees. I used to go to the fairs to look at the observation hives. Beth, my wife, was at first hesitant, but now supports my bee habit. Lesson(s) Learned: I tend to always … [Read more...]

Voices from the Hive – David Israel

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Brunswick [Cumberland County] Beekeeper Since: Whole life, kinda...see below Hives: 4 rural hives & 2 growing suburban nucs Day Job: Communications at Bowdoin Beginnings: My father was a beekeeper, so I have always been around bees. We even had an observation hive in the dining room growing up. It was only a couple of years ago that I got my own — when my father-in-law’s CSA farm … [Read more...]

Introducing “Voices from the Hive”

Voices from the Hive

Welcome to this new feature of The Bee Line, thanks to a suggestion by MSBA member David Israel. David thought it might be interesting to periodically learn about beekeepers from around the state via featured profiles, so it only makes sense to me to make his profile the first. At the very least, these profiles will prove fun and informative, helping us all appreciate the myriad of perspectives … [Read more...]