local apiary explains our fascination with honey bees
Friends, today I want to tell you a story about Warne Bee Farm (pronounced “warn”.) In the early spring when I read a book called The Bee Keeper’s Ball–remember I reviewed it HERE–I became fascinated with bees and how highly intelligent they are considering they are insects. I decided to reach out to a local apiarist, and looked no further than my own pantry to the honey I purchase each week from Local Yocal.
AP Warne kindly invited me out to his family’s home just north of McKinney and into the Honey House, the little house on the family land, where Warne Bee Farms operates. When I asked what got him started AP replied, “My grandfather was a commercial bee keeper in the 1920s, so it probably began with him.” I learned AP’s grandfather also provided bees wax to the military during WWII which was used to coat gun powder on ships because it keeps the ammunition dry and burns clean. Three generations of Warnes have been keeping bees, and AP’s plans for expansion are grand. Apiarists are classified by the amount of hives they control.
A Hobbyist has up to 20 hives; a Sideliner may have a few hundred; and Commercialists control thousands. Although he began with 5 nooks (1 queen and a cluster of bees) back in 2000, as of now, AP has about 200 colonies. His goal is to get to a thousand in the next five years.