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The benefits of raw honey in your backyard
Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice
The Bees Knees Owners Web
Hannah Joy and Ed DiNello

Spring has taken the Boro and Bulloch County by storm. Pollen has covered everything and GSU's Sweetheart Circle has never been more beautiful. Along with all of this beauty and pollen are the allergies that follow. One of the best natural treatments for allergies is local, raw honey. In fact, many people boast about a wide range of health benefits derived from it.

And there is a big difference from local raw honey versus store bought honey. Local honey is not pasteurized or cut with corn syrup. Also, to have the best effect from a health perspective, you want honey that was harvested from as close to your home as possible. The absolute best honey for you would actually come from your own back yard in your own beehive.

However, becoming a part time bee keeper can be expensive and a lot of work. For this reason many people only dream of owning their own bee hives. Local entrepreneurs Ed and Hannah Joy DiNello have developed a business model that takes the work out of bee keeping. Their company, "The Bees Knees" based in Brooklet, will provide you everything you need to become a hobbyist bee keeper.

Their business model is much like a pool or lawn care service. They will get you going by installing the bee hives, mentoring and teaching you about the process of managing hives, maintain the hives and harvesting the honey from the hives for you. Their business model allows for a tiered option or complete turnkey management of your operation.

For The Bees Knees to do it all in your back yard it costs $899 for the first year and $400 for the second year for one beehive. You get to enjoy the therapeutic effects of having a beehive in your yard without all the work involved. You let them handle the beehives and you simply enjoy the honey harvested from your hives.

"About three years ago I explored setting up a beehive at my home," Ed DiNello said. "I quickly discovered that this can be an expensive hobby. There is a lot to learn to be successful operating beehives. After about a year, I began to master the art and was sharing my passion with others. It was through this process that Hannah Joy and I began looking for ways to make the process easier so others can also enjoy it."

In two years, they now manage nearly 100 hives in Bulloch, Effingham and Bryan counties. In addition to helping set up and manage beehives for their clients, they have a large number of beehives they own. From these hives, they sell honey through a consignment process.

They have recently become a certified Georgia Grown company and are in the process of building a honey house that will allow them to process larger quantities of honey. Once complete, the honey house will expand their opportunity to sell honey from their personal hives to retailers and wholesalers.

Hannah Joy's parents, local dentists Dr. Chip Bray and Dr. Sally Young, have become involved in the business, which makes it even more of a family affair.

"We are a family-owned local business who works to partner with other small local businesses. B&G Honey's - Bee Sweet Farms supplies our bees, Catalyst Promotions helps with packaging and marketing and we use local builders to build the bee boxes," DiNello said. "We want to help you enjoy the art of beekeeping and fresh local raw honey harvested directly from your backyard. This is a wonderful hobby that I am certain everyone can enjoy with our help."

DiNello likes to remind folks that bees often get a bad rap. They are not dangerous and really only have several purposes in life and that is to make honey, pollinate and to make more bees. There is nothing more therapeutic than sitting beside a beehive and watch them work making honey for your family.

To learn more about The Bees Knees you can find them on Facebook @thebeeskneesbeeservice or on the web at www.thebeeskneesbeehives.com.

Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.

 

 

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