Today is the day we relocate the Honey Bees to their new home in the country! The plan is to prepare the area for the hive stand, get the hive stand set, and move the bees after dark when they have all returned home from their day of foraging.
Tomorrow morning when they wake up and go to work, they will have to re-orient themselves to their new location. After thinking about the move, they will be better off in this rural location, with much more nectar and pollen to forage. It won't be as satisfying as having the hives in the backyard, but the new location will satisfy the Zoning people, and make for more productive hives. Basically, it's a win-win for the us and the Bees.
Once the move is complete, it's on to doing research and preparing a case for the Madison County Zoning Board to change their way of thinking about the importance of Honey Bees. We do believe we can get the ordinances changed for the better, and we won't stop until we do. It won't change our situation, but the goal is to make it better for future Beekeepers. That alone will be worth the time and effort. Paying it forward is what it's all about!