by Suzie Marcum, Salem Road Farm
Our fellow farmer, Rick Green, brought two hives of honeybees and placed them on one of our farms last week. The bees have a range of about two miles, so from that central location they can fly to the four different growing locations we have this year. There are 20,000 bees in that little box, and there’s a box for each hive. Rick explained the shapes painted on the hives are so that the bees will recognize their own hive after they come back from a foraging expedition. Bees are extremely critical for pollination of so many crops; therefore, these bees are a win-win situation. We get superior pollination and Rick gets the honey to sell to you!