It’s Sunday evening and I feel like I’m walking on air. Why? Because today we finished seeding our hay field that has taken many spare minutes of my time between working bees this summer.
It has been eight years since the field was last plowed and planted. Now that the work is done, I can’t wait for the beautiful, deep green field to emerge! There is nothing more to do to this field until April or May. All we have to do is watch the grass grow.
Is there ever a time for beekeepers to just sit back and watch the bees grow? For comparison, I do not need to lift a single finger with my hay field for at least six months.
For me, and for the many awesome beekeepers with whom I regularly communicate, I can state with confidence that the work with our bees never ends. Even when the bees are all set for winter, hives fed up and covered, the worrying and hand wringing continues.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but there is a value that we as beekeepers must assign to the level of attentiveness that our work, services, and products require.
When we place a price tag on a bottle of honey, a candle, or a hive of bees in pollination, are we factoring in the total cost basis including off-season worrying/planning time? For many beekeepers, our work continues 24/7/365.
There is one short break that I hope you will consider taking this fall. Please mark your calendar for the OSBA Fall Conference 2018. Our annual conference each fall gives us a chance to catch our breath and adjust our attitudes after a long, hot, dry year of work.
Please register early and commit to enjoying a few days of fellowship, connections, and updates in our industry. Think about it; you deserve the time off.
Oh, and if you’re considering switching to hay production, I don’t recommend it. Watching the grass grow is fun, but really boring. I’m sure that we can all agree that beekeeping is not !
See you at the conference!