Re: I would like to be a commercial beek
Who are these Apiaries around Randolph, NC? Are they commercial beekeepers? Or are they just sideliners? I only know of 3 truly commercial beekeepers in NC (Siloam, Mebane, and Harrells). The difference between sideliner and Commercial Beekeeper is enormous - Commercial Beekeeping requires a dramatic lifestyle change. The title of your thread, indicates you want to be a Commercial Beekeeper - this is going to require "Passion", and if you lack this passion and only have "Interest".... then you may want to start a new thread entitled "I want to be a Sideliner". But lets assume this passion exists.... if Siloam is too far for you... then drive down to Mebane, NC and talk to Jeff Lee (good talker BTW) and he speaks the truth. It's only about 50 miles from Randolph. He is a single guy running about 1500 -2000 hives from CA to ME, and he can wax eloquently on woes and elations that come from commercial beekeeping. You don't have to work for him... just talk to him... that would be a start.
Originally Posted by GuyDurden
For I was an hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: Matt 25:35