Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2004

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Eudora college student tends a hive habit

February 5, 2004

Unlike most other hard-working college students, James Snow is less concerned with A's than bees.
Snow, a 20-year-old Eudoran, said he had been an apiarist, or beekeeper, since he was in middle school.
"My grandpa had bees," he said. "And there were a couple of other people I knew that were into bees."
Snow said there were various ways to take care of bees while they are producing honey during the fall.
"You can take care of (the bees) in different ways," he said. "There isn't one thing you normally do."
Collecting the honey, though, isn't as easy as getting the honey produced. Snow said the beehives are kept in boxes with frames.
"When you get into the hives, there are bees covering the whole thing," Snow said. "In order to get honey, you have to get the bees out of the way. I use a bee brush and brush them away."
Snow said the frame had to be loosened by shaking it, distracting the bees, while the remaining bees were brushed off of the beehive.
"My average is about 20 or 30 frames per hive," he said.
Snow, who is a sophomore at Kansas University and studying geology, sells his honey out of his family's home on 1000 Road southwest of Eudora.
He said he sells one pound of honey for $4 and two pounds of honey for $6. Although he said he didn't advertise much, he said he sold quite a bit of honey.
"It really depends on what time of year it is," Snow said. "Right before Christmas is a big selling time.
"There was one person who wanted five gallons. Right now though is usually pretty slow. I just sell to anybody who wants honey."

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