We started bee keeping in 2011 with one hive from a swarm, then a second one. Over the years the number of hives has fluctuated. A few years ago black bears moved to town. The electric fence is the only hive protection that works here.
Bee’s wax is available at the stand in 2 oz. packages. Here are links to recipes for lip balm and moisturizing bars that you can make at home:
These photos are from the bee yard here at the orchard in 2021.