Viewfinder: Busy as a Bee
Marc Harpin prepares his backyard beehive for winter
"I find them really interesting to watch," says Marc Harpin who has a beehive in the backyard of his Brookline home. Harpin says he and his husband set up their hive in the spring of 2010 after taking a class run by Reseska Apiaries.
Although they have not yet harvested any honey from the hive Harpin says he has so far enjoyed simply watching the bees go through the seasons. In the summer the population booms and in the winter it falls back down again. "Kind of like a big clock," he says.
Harpin says they expect to harvest 1-2 pounds of honey from their hive this year, and that a healthy hive can yield as much as 30 or more pounds of honey. The breed of bees in Harpin's hive are Russians, which tend to be more disease resistant but also tend to produce less honey. However, as fist time beekeepers, Harpin says he thinks this was a good choice for them because they are less likely to lose the whole hive.