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      Have you thought about becoming a beekeeper?

      Worker bees are constantly bringing pollen back to the hive.

      Beekeepers Melissa Hronkin and John Hersman started with a couple of hives four years ago and now their backyard is filled with more than 60 hives. About 300 gallons of honey is produced each year.

      So what is it like to be a beekeeper?

      â??Itâ??s hard work, but itâ??s a lot of fun and nice to be outside all summer long,â?? said beekeeper John Hersman.

      The busiest time is during fall because that is when Melissa and John harvest the honey. About 60 to 100 pounds has to be left over in order for the bees to survive through the winter.

      Melissa and John maintain the hives and feed the bees on a regular basis, but there are some challenges when it comes to beekeeping in this area.

      â??Definitely the short summers are a challenge and also a lot of people have bears getting into their beehives, so you have to take precautions,â?? said beekeeper Melissa Hronkin.

      There are also some positives.

      â??Thereâ??s not a large scale of agriculture where people are using pesticides, so youâ??ve got a lot of open area thatâ??s unspoiled land for the bees to forage,â?? Hersman said.

      Honey bees collect nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey, but with half a million bees in this yard, honey is not the only thing on Algomah Acres Farm.

      â??From the beeswax, we dip candles and we make lip balms and soaps, and some of our flavored honeys are pretty popular where we add spices to the honey,â?? Hronkin said.

      The motto of these two beekeepers is: â??You get what you give and if you take care of the bees, theyâ??ll take care of us.â??

      If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper or would like to learn more, click here .