Maintaining a beehive takes fewer than eight hours a year, but is extremely rewarding.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/VALERIY KIRSANOV
The north entrance of a beehive saves the bees from death in case the bottom entrance gets clogged with snow or dead leaves. This also provides better ventilation.
At first, Carolyn Robinson would have no part of the bees. Later, she learned you can handle bees without getting stung.
A honey "extractor" is used to whirl the honey out of the comb.