We're psyched to report that all of our hives made it through the winter! The girls are going strong and ready to bask in the warm glow of the spring sun. Bring on the pollination.
New Girls (and Boys) in Town
A new hive joined the Queen City Bee Co. apiary yard- a rescued hive that we recently extracted from the walls of a home. The homeowner estimated that the hive had been living in his walls for almost four or five years! This is a great hive for a business to support through our Sponsor-A-Hive program! Sponsoring helps keep our removal costs affordable and supports giving bees that would have been exterminated a second chance.
The girls of the Queen City Bee Co. apiary have finally made their media debut! Last Thursday and Friday, Queen City Bee Co. beekeeper and firefighter Carlier Smyth sat down with Andy Brownfield from the Cincinnati Business Courier to talk about how Queen City Bee Co. is working with local businesses through our Own-A-Hive program to produce their own honey. The following Monday, Angela Ingram from Local News 12 stopped by the apiary to talk about Queen City Bee Co.’s local business partnerships through our Own-A-Hive and Foster-A-Hive programs as well as our education outreach with youth. Everybody wants a piece of these hardworking honey bees!
Pooping on Cars
In case you never thought about it, bees poop. And it's golden yellow. And if your car is in their flight path (the path the bees take to fly to and from the hive to the honey/pollen sources), your car will get pooped on by bees. It's pretty cute.
Spring means flowers are finally blooming! Flowers blooming means nectar and nectar means honey! We're looking forward to late spring when the acacia (AKA black locust) trees bloom and we get some of Queen City Bee Co.'s tastiest and most popular honey!
Work Hard, Play Hard
The girls may be basking in the glory of their recent media attention and celebrating with lots of nectar, but that won't slow them down. They've been busy busy busy collecting honey and pollen to build up their food source stores that they used up over winter. If you're already feeling the burn of spring allergies, we will have some bee pollen and honey to help you with that soon!