Dan Grandy has been beekeeping and producing honey for ten years.
"A friend of ours brought some bees over to our place one year, and he gave us some honey out of it. I had raised bees when I was younger, so I was already subjected to it at that time. When I wanted honey, my uncle would say, 'Go get it!'" said Dan Grandy.
At Grand-Bees Honey, there are 80 hives, and by the end of the summer, each hive could have at least 60,000 bees. So you can imagine: the more bees, the more honey.
By the end of summer, Grandy pulls the honey.
"It'll throw all the honey out and then it will start coming out down here. It will start pouring out down here," Grandy explained.
Then it's filtered at 110 degrees so it stays as raw honey. However, he keeps the hives down south during the winter.
"They will start laying eggs in February down in North Carolina versus April up here. So I'm getting two months of production of hive building by wintering them down south," Grandy said.
Every spring he hosts a public tour of his operation.
"I thought opening up the hive and seeing all the bees buzzing around, how they're a little colony of individuals just like people in a city," said Adam Paavola, guest.
Grandy says by the end of his tour, he hopes people have a greater appreciation for bees. He hopes the next time someone sees a bee, they will let it be.
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