The Trybal Revival Apiary
Dale established the Trybal Revival Apiary in the spring of 2012. With no previous experience or even exposure to beekeeping, during the 2011/12 winter she read a few books, joined the local Bee Club, attended her first Bee School, and ordered two 3 lb packages of bees. The bee yard and equipment were prepared in the early months of spring, and then the day came . . . the bees had arrived! It’s very hard to describe the sensation of loading your first package of bees . . . no experience, no confidence, and about 10,000 bees per package. . . it’s very exciting!
We have learned a great deal about bees and beekeeping in just a couple years. And like so many things, the more we learn, the more we realize how much we don’t know. You can read all the books and watch all the videos you want, but nothing takes the place of hands-on experience. Unfortunately, some lessons are harder than others and some are hard on the bees.
It’s a small apiary . . . two Langstroth (traditional) hives and one top bar hive. When we started with the bees we said “Oh, we’ll take a little honey, but we’re really in it for the bees” and we didn’t have any interest in growing the apiary. Our highest priority in beekeeping is still the health and welfare of the bees, but in our second year we started harvesting honey, and . . . well . . . yumm! So now we’re considering adding one or two more hives to the apiary . . . but really, that’s all!