My wife and I have been growing our operation for the last few years. We currently run about 120 hives. We have done almonds the last two years and fruit pollination on our way home for summer. We are selling some nucs and queens, making honey, and trying to figure out our way around the business. We are fortunate to have access to some great mentors who have helped us get a toe in the door in a lot of ways.
Just a couple weeks ago we celebrated the arrival or our first child, a little boy. We are super excited and having a blast as new parents.
My wife helped me in the beeyard up to the last week of her pregnancy, although her lifting slowed down. As I make the rounds feeding and prepping for winter, it is starting to hit me what big changes this means.
I have heard from plenty of people how hard migratory beekeeping is on families, but I know several people have done it successfully. For those of you with families, how do you do it?
Also, my wife really loves working bees. I know we will have to make sacrifices to make this work, but I know she will want to stay in the bees as much as possible. We have been joking about bringing a pack-n-play and a truck net (simple bee-resistant space) to the bee yard next year so we can all work and keep an eye on the kid. Have any of you raised toddlers around your business? I would love some input and ideas.
Thanks for sharing your experience.