Due to the large areas needed to make a living from bees, most of our bee hives are placed on various rural properties where we have agreements with landowners to host our hives.(most within an 2 hour radius around Port Elizabeth). During the season(spring, summer and autumn) frequent visits are made to these locations to do various tasks and the end result that we hope for is that the bees will produce enough honey during or at the end of the season so that we can take a harvest from them. We also need to be sensitive as to leave enough honey on the hives to sustain the bees throughout winter(the reason why they store honey)
Once the honey is harvested we bring it to the farm for cold extraction from the honey combs via a centrifuge. The result is Raw Honey. This is a mixture of honey, wax and propolis that we allow to settle for a few days in large tanks. The natural process now happens where most of the wax floats to the top and the raw honey below is bottled or sold as tap honey.
Bees wax is also obtained from the extraction process which is used to make various products.
Some years are good, some are bad. We are totally reliant on rain and how much/when we get it. More rain
does not necessarily mean more honey. Since we are totally reliant on the rain and other factors(which we cannot control) we are humble before God that He gives and takes as He sees fit for a season. We can only do what we can do and nature must do the rest. We therefore see a good and bad season as only an earthly(temporary) blessing as we believe that our only true blessing is knowing Jesus.
IF YOU HAVE SPACE FOR OUR BEE HIVES ON YOUR PROPERTY or know someone that has, please get in contact with us.
We are always on the lookout for better permanent or seasonal locations due to bee hive theft, vandalism, drought etc. (yes theft is a big problem). Please note that not all properties are suitable for beekeeping on a larger scale, we therefore take great care in where to place hives so that it does not disturb the area and its activities or push out the natural solitary bee species.
WHAT ELSE KEEPS US BUSY...
We keep some cattle, sheep, chickens and plant a variety of heirloom organic veggies.
We also do our own woodwork(for beehives), most mechanical things, maintenance etc.
Our "to do list" never gets shorter, but regular erasing of the un-important stuff helps : )
We believe that you need to be a jack of all, master of none or some. The aim is not self reliance , but rather to
be more efficient and not be all-out dependent on the failing systems of the world. This is in our opinion a sensible and sustainable way of life that used to be normal many years ago. We refuse to be part of the "new normal" but will keep doing the old normal for as long as we can!