Bees are wonderful little workers. They hold up nearly our entire food supply. They provide us with wonderful, sweet, honey in more flavors than you can even fathom (go honey tasting if you ever get the chance, it's mind-blowing). Eating local raw honey, can help with allergies, especially when in a new histamine area. Bees are underrated, and the worst part.....they're inexplicably disappearing
I recently had a swarm take up residence in our oven vent, and they started to come into the house. We were about 3 hours from having a houseful of company for a wedding. I love bees, but not in my kitchen. I proceeded to seal up the vent, and then FREAK OUT! I didn't want to kill any of the bees, and being directly above our stove I could't spray any poison down the tube, even if I wanted to. After calming down, I turned to Google for answers. The all-wise "cloud of knowledge" suggested that I give a call to an apiarist (beekeeper), and ask if they'll remove the hive for free. The first person I called, said they'd "come take a look" for $100 minimum. Being on a fixed income, we didn't have that. Thankfully, the second number I called was to raineMaker.
Richard, the owner, explained that time was of the essence. He said he'd immediately stop what he was doing around his property, and drive the 45 minutes to our house. When we let him know our budget was shot for the month, and asked if he would simply bill us, Richard said "we'll work it out".
These are not your run-of-the-mill commercial beehives. According to Richard, these boxes are one of the possible contributing factors to bee colony collapse. RaineMaker boxes use the Warre' Top Bar design. This style is made to be easy to maintain, and produce with, while better replicating a bee's natural environment. Sometimes these are referred to as "the people's hive". They require little to no maintenance. They allow the bees to function as they have for millenniums, naturally.
The separate boxes are stacked for vertical expansion. Each box has a row of 8 top-bars, making things easy for the bees....and the keeper.
The Central Coast needs bees. You need honey. The solution, are bee-boxes. To purchase beekeeping products, or if you need additional information on bees or beehives, contact Richard Soundy (owner). Phone: 805-539-5027. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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