Mounds View resident takes the plunge into beekeeping

Over 7,000 honey bees live in Hanna Frahm’s Mounds view backyard. They will survive the winter by stocking food and shivering to keep the queen warm. (Staff photo by Simeon Lancaster)

Over 7,000 honey bees live in Hanna Frahm’s Mounds view backyard. They will survive the winter by stocking food and shivering to keep the queen warm. (Staff photo by Simeon Lancaster)

In Hanna Frahm’s Mounds View back yard is a white box with thousands of inhabitants. An audible buzzing sound can be heard as she approaches it clad in a white protective suit.

In her hand is a bellows-like can with white smoke drifting out of the nozzle. It calms the bees.

“I knew nothing about bee keeping,” she said laughingly. That is, until she took a weekend class at the University of Minnesota. “I was always interested in it from afar.”

Frahm is a beginner beekeeper in Mounds View and is starting her first colony this summer. She said she has always thought about keeping bees and gathering honey, but didn’t think it was realistic until a couple things happened.

First, she saw a new Australian invention called the Flow Hive that made the process of gathering honey much easier and cleaner and keeps the hive in tact.
“When I saw that I thought maybe it was entering the realm of doable,” she said.

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