Since relocating two hives to Deer Hollow Farm we had our first honey harvest from the larger of the two hives. The nectar flow does not seem to be as good in the hills but we still had excess honey we were able to harvest. BTW, this happened in April and I’m finally getting around to blogging the event. 🙂
Deer Hollow Farm’s Jessica snapped this picture of my dad and I cutting honey comb from the frames into the bucket.
And meet Jessica. She’s holding a nice frame of capped honey.
My dad and I taught a few staff members on how to harvest honey using the crush and strain method. Here’s a 2-pack 5-gallon paint strainer from your local hardware store like OSH, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. We will be using this to strain our honey.
Meet Claire. She’s happily crushing the sweet honey out of the combs. Though we used a mash potato masher, I prefer a round dowel or round stick like the ones you use to roll dough or those closet hanging sticks but of course without any wood finish on them.
Jessica and Jackie crush and straining.
And meet Jackie. She’s enjoying the honey on scooper during clean up. 🙂
It was a small harvest, about 15 pounds of honey only. Hope the staff and volunteers at Deer Hollow Farm enjoy it. There’s more to come. 🙂