BG Bees emanated from the love of bees. Charlie, in part to relive his childhood, but more in awe of these insects, a bond which formed quickly gained traction into expanding colonies, creating NUCS, harvesting honey, and offering knowledge with others.
Charlie began his beekeeping experience when his ‘frustrated farmer’ father brought two hives to our El Paso Texas residence. Observing them in their coming and goings nurtured the love for these girls. Most interesting was when the girls would hang on our screen door waiting to enter the house to acquire nectar and pollen from our Bougainvillea vines. They would then go back to the screen door once again wait for someone to allow their return to the hive. Just like a dog or cat would, but far more patient.
But with life and travels the tending to the bee was left behind until recently. A short venture to Ruhl Bees (now Brushy Mountain Bee Farm) brought two hives to Hood River. The beginning of 2016 brought an additional dozen hives along with multiple NUCs. As an avid researcher, multiple articles were written propelled by involvement in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. Attaining his Apprentice Level Certification this year. Charlie also traveled to Nebraska for Michael Bush’s Bee Camp this spring to immerse for two weeks in apiaries and bee discussions with Michael Bush.
He is a member of four Beekeeping Clubs in the Portland Metropolitan area.
The beginning of 2016 we had three hives which rapidly grew to fifteen along with multiple NUCS.
Presentations in schools has been a great opportunity to share our joy of these lovelies. Not only do the children eagerly devour the presentations, but we have been filled with joy through our sharing.
My beekeeping goal is to help others succeed! If you would like a ‘hive inspection’ coupled with some thoughts on how your hive is doing, challenges, and future considerations; I will be there.
As we move through 2016 into 2017 significant plans are underway. A monthly lunch centered around menu items with honey as an engredient will be followed by sharing our Apiary, the lifestyle of honey bees, and much more. Workshops will be coming soon on specific topics (candle making, honey bee basics, and others.