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.
Maintaining a beehive takes fewer than eight hours a year, but is extremely rewarding.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/VALERIY KIRSANOV
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.