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A different kind of farming

Farming is not only made up of the typical livestock and crops.

In the case of WR Honey, farming takes on a whole new look: bees and honey. Rick Fisher and Wayne Cayot are lifelong friends who found themselves the unlikely owners of a bee farm.

Running a honey bee farm takes more than simply owning a hive and letting the bees make the honey. Fisher and Cayot collect the bees from old buildings and trees. They also harvest roughly half of their bees from people who have hives needing removed from their property. Rather than kill the bees, they call Fisher and Cayot to get the bees and the hives for their farm.

A mature hive yields fifth thousand to sixty thousand bees during the summer, and WR Honey has 50 hives. The men start with an empty hive in the spring, adding the bees they collected. They feed the bees and paint a little bit of bees’ wax which they previously harvested onto the empty combs to help the bees get started. This helps the bees by saving them time, as bees cover the combs with wax before making the honey.


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