Over 60 years ago, Ed Mumm, Sr. tended his
first beehive. Having so many
years' experience might
constitute an award for "hanging in there" through thick 'n thin.
Ed, these days, tending honeybees is like breathing:
It just occurs naturally. Of course he does have
a schedule, sort of. His schedule doesn't necessarily
calendar of the "whens" or "wheres" of caring for honeybees.
you could say that his special schedule is in his heart and soul:
it's a part of his spirit.
My education about honey bees began 23 years ago when Ed gave
me a lovely beekeeping suit as his wedding gift to me. Oh, whatta wonderful gift it was!
days I rarely need to don one. And, to my amazement after 23 blissful married years, it still fits! Every once
in a great while, I must wear it.
But, I digress.
Once I began to understand honey bees, I was "hooked".
There is no doubt in my mind that they are one of the most amazing insects ever.
The experience Ed and I have together if you add up his years and mine does not constitute that we know
every single thing about honey bees and beekeeping.
The learning process never ends. I doubt there is one person
who knows every aspect of how honey bees "tick" or what makes them do it. And, come to think of it, as far
as I know, honey bees do not "tick". But, you get what I mean.
Not one person knows everything there
is to know about this subject.
The never ending subject of honey bees continually
churns my fascination
- it just never ends.
Ed and I are asked questions about our hobby
quite frequently. Most of that is because we are relatively easy to contact. We have a bee farm or apiary
at the same location we have our gift store. We enjoy many visitors a year. Never the less, I thought that I would
answer some of those questions here and share some interesting facts.
During our early years caring for
our bees, I would carry my camera around. Even though, at first, it drove Ed crazy, I persisted. Eventually, I
won the battle! After all, pictures DO say much. Looking back, I think Ed is appreciative of the many photos I
took. They have been very helpful in educating many. In fact, I have placed a lot of the pictures I have taken
inside our bee exhibit located at our apiary. Our exhibit has been a great tool for not only tours, but for classrooms
and my beekeeping classes. I knew some day my hours of taking pictures while working on our bees would eventually
be all worthwhile!
A question that "pops"
up occasionally is, "Why does your
bee farm name have
the word, "Apiaries" (plural) instead of "Apiary"?
answer: Because an Apiary is one place or location where colonies of honey bees are kept.
If we only had colonies at one location all of
the time, then we would be considered as having just one
apiary. Back in the late 70's to early 90's, Ed had many "bee yards" in locations around Santa
Cruz and Monterey Counties, including some out of state.
I fondly call those times "back in those days when"
. . . when there were plenty of yards beekeepers could find for their colonies to remain for certain times during
the year. It is a necessary practice so bees can flourish on natural pollens and nectars of plants as opposed
to us having to keep them fed using other methods.
As the saying goes, "natural is best".
OUR LABEL AND
and Where you can purchase our honey
Around the 60's, Ed's "home-grown" honey became quite popular with the neighbors and with friends.
He found out that he sure had a lot of friends all of a sudden! And, quite a few friendly neighbors, too.
As time went by, a need for a label and a name for his bee
farm was necessary because it was and is the law. It wasn't until the mid-70's that he finally got around
to getting a label and a logo for his hand-bottled and hand-processed raw honey. For more on this, read: OUR LOGO, LABEL, AND OUR NAME
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE OUR LOCAL WILDFLOWER HONEY:
obtaining our honey at our apiary, you can also find it at:
Brother's Market - 202 Buena Vista Drive - Freedom, CA
Corralitos Market - Corralitos Road, Corralitos, CA
Whole Foods Market - Capitola, California
DEDICATION OF THIS WEBSITE:
To the men and women who are genuine in their desire to help the
honey bee flourish. To those who are honest in their day to day work as beekeepers and who desire to unselfishly give
themselves to this very difficult profession. As with all agricultural endeavors, this profession is becoming one which most
people will not do. Yes, it is hard work. But, at the end of the day, you can honestly look back at your efforts
and feel true "worth". The procuring of a food product, honey, pollen, etc. is just one part of
this work not to mention providing pollination of seed, of flowering plants to help feed many. If you decide to
become a beekeeper, do it from the heart and soul. It will give back so much at the end of the day
UP FOR MY BUZZLETTER!:
Every so often, you can receive in your email box a written letter I call
The BuzzLetter. Whatever subject comes up, you will receive it. I write about honey bees, of course. I like
to send news of the day about the truth of bees and beekeeping. You will also receive news about our gift store
and our bee exhibit.
I will warn you, this is not one of those "pre-fabricated" newsletters; In fact, it is
more like a blog... kind of. You will not be getting these every week or day. As stated above, my
BuzzLetter will come to you every other month and at times further apart. If there is a lot going on, you might receive
more during a 3 month time period. I guess the best thing is to go ahead and sign up for it at firstname.lastname@example.org I promise your email will never be sold or used for any purpose. You can always unsubscribe if it's
not for you. It's easy to do, but I assure you, it will break my heart. However, I do understand when some
do end up ending it. The BuzzLetter will come to you via Constant Contact. Please UN-block the above email
address so the letter won't end up in your spam or trash folder.
Now, enjoy the rest of our website!
Thank you for taking the time.
Best always, Dana Mumm
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