I've been a gardener since I was in sixth grade, when I scraped 1200 square feet of grass out of our backyard to put in my first vegetable garden. Inspired by Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and by my employee Martin Andree's background as a farmer, I've been pursuing more ways to learn about food from the ground up, so to speak.
Beekeeping, which I took up in 2008, is one of my food adventures. I have two hives:
The upper hive I started in 2008, the lower in 2009. This year I harvested about 104 pounds of honey. The hives are essentially put to bed for the winter, but the bees will fly any day the temperature gets to around 50F.