There’s not many things that we like more than going on a good farming field trip. The people are always so nice and we obviously love the topic so we will often pack a lunch and make a day of it.
So you can imagine our delight when we got an email from our friends Ian and Alishia over at the non-profit Renew Farms inviting us to come up because their bees had swarmed and they were going to have their bee mentor over the next morning!
We first met Ian at 180 degree Farm‘s Work Day just a few months after we moved to Georgia (they are the first non-profit farm we had ever seen!). We hit it off right away and even drove back up to Newnan to have dinner with him and his brother’s family a few weeks later. We had just found out we were pregnant with Noah that day!
Needless to say a lot had changed since we saw each other last. Ian had met and wed beautiful Alishia, had quit working as a (more than) full time manager at Chili’s and had started his own farm, and we had gone through the whole pregnancy and now had a 7 month old baby! We were anxious to see the farm and introduce our new family members so we piled in the subaru and headed out.
We were greeted by this view. Wow.
He had told us it was beautiful but it was quite an understatement. And on a cool misty morning it looked perfect to us.
We then had a quick overview of beekeeping with their bee mentor. We even caught most of it on video for you guys!
He showed us how to get the smoker going….
Then we made our way down to the primary hive.
(Sorry this video is so shaky and hard to hear….our new tripod should really help!)
The old hive looked great and so they took a quick peek at the new hive. Ian and Alishia had caught the swarm two days earlier after they found them congregating around the rosemary and flowering thyme. Good job guys!
They looked happy and healthy.
We had a great time and can’t wait to be back! Before we headed out they loaded us down with produce. Beets, purple cabbage, swiss chard, fresh herbs, and amazing free range eggs from their chickens!
And somehow I managed to not take a single picture of them together! But I stole this one from their page…..I think its perfect 🙂 Thanks for a great day guys!