Bobbi said: I was born a country mouse. The city, or any town with more than one stoplight, called to me at an early age. Happily I made my way to Chicago, the city I’ve called home for more than ten years. Now, a firmly rooted city mouse, there are times I want more…or maybe less. I long to return to the kind of place I was once so desperate to escape, where the lush green land gently rolls towards the horizon; where the roads curve their way through dense canopies of century-old trees; and sweet corn can be bought on the honor system at a roadside farm stand. I dream of raising sheep, making my own version of Manchego cheese, and winning a blue ribbon at the state fair for my green tomato chutney. In the meantime, I’m tending my potager with nearly 20 varieties of herbs; living another dream of writing a book; refining my cheesemaking skills with store bought milk; and now…raising bees.
Greg said: Ever since I can remember I’ve thought it would be fun to live and work on a farm. However, as a hardworking student good at math, science, and problem solving, my life path led me into structural engineering. Farm life still calls to me. I dream of owning my own farm someday - 200 acres to start would be just fine by me. Until I’m ready to make the transition from what I’m good at to what I’m passionate about, I do what I can with the limited urban green space I am grateful to call my own. I have a tree nursery busting at the seams, two vegetable gardens (400 SF in total), and now…raising bees.
We have an eight-frame, Eastern pine Langstroth hive from Betterbee.
On June 5, 2010 we started our hive with 30,000 Hoosier Bees (“very gentle bees”) purchased from Kress Apiary in Burns Harbor, Indiana.