Sooner or later throughout the summer time of 1971, Ernest Griffiths observed a swarm of round 5 thousand to 10 thousand bees on the head of the mix he was sitting in. With no hat or shirt on, he took a leftover paper grocery sack and went to the entrance of his mix to tug out the weed that the bees swarmed round and put it within the sack. He didn’t get stung.
By the top of the summer time he had picked up between six and eight extra swarms.
That summer time was the start of his beekeeping profession, though on the time, it was solely a passion. Now, he runs a big beekeeping and honey-harvesting operation sometimes 500 hives giant. He mentioned typical, wholesome hives home anyplace from 60 thousand to 80 thousand bees every. This 12 months his hives had been downsized to solely 75 hives, however Griffiths hopes the quantity will develop much more by subsequent summer time.
He discovered find out how to extract honey from his rising beehives due to the daddy of 1 his daughter’s classmates. One Sunday, he introduced certainly one of his honey packing containers as much as the person’s home, and after a Sunday lunch, introduced the small, two-frame extractor he had into the home to gather the honey.
“The one factor is whenever you’re extracting, there’s at all times a couple of onlookers referred to as bees. So, we had 15-20 bees or extra in the home, and for some purpose, the women didn’t admire that,” Griffiths mentioned jokingly.
He mentioned he did this for a couple of years earlier than he lastly bought his personal extractor, or three. He purchased three 45-frame extractors with electrical motors to assist pace up the honey harvesting course of. Only a few years later he determined to improve once more, this time to a 120-frame extractor which is what he makes use of to today.