All of the plans I had for yesterday were interrupted when Bruce decided it was time to harvest the honey. Tom and Heather and all the kids came over and we worked from 11:00 to 5:00 without a break. Let me just say that harvesting honey is messy and time consuming. I’m sure there is a learning curve and we will all get better at it but for now, it took all of us and a lot of messing around. We still have to do a final filter and get it bottled and labeled. The final tally is 110 pounds. There was still plenty of honey left for the bees to eat this winter. Bruce and Tom were talking about splitting the hives next year, looking for places to farm bees out and going into actual business. One thing was clear as I heard them talking. I can understand why farmers charge so much for produce from small operations. There is big initial investment in tools and education as well as a commitmant of time and back-breaking labor. You just can’t afford to give this stuff away.

Having a stream of income from self-employment is a vital part of a preparedness program. With the employment picture not looking any better, having a necessary skill or usefull product to fall back on can spell the difference between having enough and doing without.