Carson Continues a Family Tradition with Beekeeping

Tell us about what you do to help your mom at work with beekeeping?

I help her get her equipment ready and I sometimes help with honey bee swarm relocations and harvesting the yummy honey.

Were you scared at first to do this?

A little, but I have my own suit and gloves so I knew I would be okay.

Have you ever been stung by a bee?

Not yet.

What are some interesting facts about bees that you can tell us?

Without bees we wouldn’t have a lot of fruits and vegetables that we all love.  Bees pollinate these plants!  Each honey bee only makes one drop of honey in its whole life.  The Queen Bee can lay up to 2000 eggs in one day.

Tell us about the new indoor honeybee observation hive at school?

I think it is really cool because my mom put the bees in it.  Now all the kids at school can watch the bees through the glass and learn more about them.  They can even see the waggle dance!

What is your favorite thing to make with the honey that you retrieve from the bees?

I like homemade apple pancakes and waffles with fresh honey on top.  I also like my moms chocolate chip zucchini bread made with honey.

How did your family get into beekeeping?

My mom has loved bees since she read a story about them in second grade.  She started beekeeping when she was a teenager.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would like to be a professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals!!

Carson is a second grader at Benchmark Academy.

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