James Cook and his wife, Samantha Jones, had already put plans to start their own beekeeping business in motion when the coronavirus hit. It’s been a tough — but they’re not giving up. (Oct. 19)
- As far as you can see and drive, it is just beautiful white blossoming trees. I mean, it is absolutely gorgeous. This is an incredibly challenging year for us. One, this is officially the first year that we went off, my wife and I, on our own.
We had been running a small bee business alongside of the other one that we were working for. And this year, we actually broke away and just decided to be completely on our own. Great year to decide to do that. It sounds crazy to say that our business model is based off of, you know, 50% to 60% loss every year. And so it's trying to figure out how to sustain that until hopefully things get better and the environment that they exist in actually gets a little bit less toxic for them.
We've been just sort of focusing on building extracting room, and getting bottling room, getting all of these things built and up and running. And of course, the challenge inside of there was making all of that happen whilst taking care of all the bees, and having COVID going on.
- I think the whole thing cost about $200 a hive for us to run our business. So yeah, so hopefully we make, you know, $201.
- Right now, we're just about to get finished up pulling honey, which is an incredibly strenuous, really physical, very like just a lot of pounding on your body. So when the bees get the honey to the right moisture, they actually cap it in wax. So underneath all of this, there's honey.
This is Cat. He is the bird of Bird and the Bees Honey. He loves-- he loves honey a lot actually. I think beekeeping sort of taught me this. Inside of this space of sheer chaos, and uncertainty, and fear, and danger in a lot of ways, you kind of need to look for the optimism and beauty that you can find, because otherwise it's really hard to wake up in the morning. This is the last of the honey for 2020.