By ALAN ROBINSON and JULIAN NELSONHARTSTEIN Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga.
(AP) The honey balage is the place where honey is made.
The honey kettle is where the honey is roasted.
The wilder is the room where the wilder honey is fermented.
And all those places are home to the honeybees, which have been in decline for decades.
But in a little village just off Interstate 285 in southern Georgia, people have found a new way to get their hands on the honey that has been their life’s mission.
The honey is produced in a hive in the honey balages, where bees spend their days in a small cage, surrounded by a wire mesh roof that keeps them safe from predators.
There are no windows.
And the bees are protected from the sun, which can harm their health.
So when a beekeeper in her late 30s with a beard and a big, furry head walks by a hive, she says, she knows what she’s getting into.
The beekeeper, who only wants to be identified as Heather, is the founder of Honey Bals, a small but growing industry in Georgia that is a direct result of the state’s decision to revive honey production.
Honey production is booming in Georgia, thanks to a law that lets people buy honey directly from farmers, who pay farmers a commission for each pound of honey they harvest.
This creates an income stream for farmers who otherwise might not be able to pay for a traditional honey market.
For the honey industry, this income stream is vital.
And with a booming economy and the emergence of new products like butter, margarine and honey, it is also creating new challenges for beekeepers.
A new breed of beekeeper is finding ways to make money from beekeeping while still keeping bees safe.
They call it “bee swarming,” and it is becoming a major industry in the state.
Hair balages have sprung up all over the state, from rural Georgia to urban Georgia.
And they are becoming more popular, with more than a dozen in the metro Atlanta area.
“It’s like the old days of horseback riding, but with bees,” said Sharon Thompson, who owns a boutique hair salon in Atlanta.
“People don’t have to worry about bee stings.
They can just come and enjoy the day.”
Thompson’s business has grown from two workers to more than 100 people.
She sells honey, butter and other products made with the honey, and her business is growing.
But for beekeeper Heather, the honeybalages offer a new life.
Hoover beekeeper who prefers to remain anonymous told the AP she’s making a lot of money from the industry.
Hive swarming has become a major economic force in the United States.
The number of beekeepers has increased by 60 percent since 2000, according to the American Honey Beekeeping Association.
The beekeepers earn about $1.2 million a year, or $8,500 per beekeeper.
But they’re not the only ones making money.
The United States has the second-largest honeybee population in the world after Japan, according a USDA study released last year.
It’s also the largest honeybee hive in North America, with around 7 million colonies, according the Beekeepers Association of America.
Hives in many areas have become honey farms, with honey produced in them selling for about $3 a pound, or about 10 times what it costs to buy real honey.
But some of the beekeepers are earning money by selling honey to the farmers.
For Heather, who has worked in beekeeping for over 30 years, the new business model has created a new family.
Her husband, Rick, and their son, Aaron, now 17, are passionate about the business, and they want to become successful.
Hoosier beekeepers can be a tough breed to recruit, but Heather says she has already recruited some beekeepers who are interested in her business.
“We are all very excited to be able and willing to do business with other people who have similar interests in bee swarming, beekeeping and the bees themselves,” she said.
The bees can’t be saved.
And that’s what we are trying to do here, to make a living,” she told the Associated Press.
But Heather and other beekeepers say their industry is booming, and the industry is poised to thrive.”
The bees are here to survive.””
We are going to be here to stay.
The bees are here to survive.”
Honeybee colonies have doubled in size in the last 20 years, and some beekeeper say that means the number of honeybee colonies is rising, too.
“That means there is going to come a point where the bees have a lot more room for growth and development,” said Matt Tisdale, a bee