Who: Henry Storch of Old Blue Raw Honey
What: Migratory beekeeper and professional farrier
Where: Wren, Oregon
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For a beekeeper from Oregon like Henry Storch of Old Blue Raw Honey, moving the bees to California in January for almond pollination gives his hives something of a bonus spring season to build up colony size before coming home to Oregon spring in March.
Shortly before their trip north, Henry goes through all his hives and splits many of them into two or more colonies. When they get home, he’ll continue to work through his bees, splitting them if necessary and beginning to raise queens and drones. This boost in hive numbers allows him to counter-moderate winter losses without being financially and emotionally devastated.