CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Life is buzzing as of late for Chris and Lawrence Wynn.
As empty nesters, the Chesapeake couple determined to begin beekeeping in 2017 to assist with dwindling bee populations. “I simply felt compelled to assist the bees,” mentioned Wynn, “we take pleasure in it.”
They now have 4 hives arrange behind their Grassfield residence the place they’ve 15 acres of land and obtained provides for one of many hives by means of a statewide distribution program final yr.
Purposes for this yr’s program are being accepted by means of August 4. The beehive provides despatched by the state can run $100 – $200.
That doesn’t embody bees or tools wanted to handle the hives.
Wynn says for her and her husband, the preliminary start-up value was about $1,000, however there’s a technique to discover provides for much less.
Typically navy members with hives will promote them once they get orders to maneuver. “As a result of the bees are native they do not take them, so there are people who [sell them] for a fraction of the fee,” mentioned Wynn.
They’re usually listed on native Fb teams for beekeepers.
Wynn says these teams and native golf equipment are additionally a fantastic useful resource for individuals trying to get began.
“There are quite a lot of books on the market to assist individuals get began, however to place it into perspective, these are nationwide books,” mentioned Wynn, “our local weather is just not the identical as somebody in Maine, which isn’t the identical as somebody in California, not the identical as somebody in Arkansas, so for me, understanding native individuals that may assist – it is a recreation changer.”
You may study extra about Virginia’s beehive distribution program and apply by clicking here.
After the August 4 deadline, candidates will probably be chosen at random to obtain the provides.