Re: Sharing the wealth?
Try to gauge in some way the amount of honey your friend might use himself in a year. Typically that one pound per person Nationwide. Which isn't much in my mind. So I woulkd tend to give more. The trouble comes when your friend expects it, if he come to.
If you treat this as a Yd Rent situation and not simply a favor from a friend to you, you might want to come up w/ a "standard" amount that you would use if you had other out yards on property of folks not necassarily your friends.
For instance, I have apiaries (bee yards or yards) on land owned by people whose name I know and know little more about them other than they are willing to let me use their land. I typically hyave between 16 and 48 colonies on their property in any one year. I give my Landowners 3 Half Gallon Jugs of honey each year. Sometimes adding a section of comb honey in a good year. Sometimes adding a jar or two of some Varietal Honey like Orangeblossom.
This year I have had two landowners request a frame or two of honey directly from the hives on their property. I'll do that this year. But, unless they ask again, I probably won't make it a regular part of their Yd Rent.
Deciding what is right, proper, and fair is an interesting exercise each of us who needs to decide needs to come to terms w/ on our own in the end. Thanks for bringing this up. It's almost sorta like "How much should I tip a Waiter/Waitress or the Motel Maid?". What does your conscience tell you is right?
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet