Fassbinder fast paced with bees – Decorah Newspapers

Beekeeping is a family members business for Joel Fassbinder. His father Dave runs Yellow River Apiaries near Monona and uncle Bob has Fassbinder Apiaries in close proximity to Elgin, with a blended 40 years of working experience in beekeeping between the two.
Now, Joel is continuing the spouse and children legacy with Highlandville Honey Farm. He runs the farm with his wife Rachel and their two children. 

In the relatives business
When Fassbinder explained he took pride rising up in a beekeeping household, he didn’t see it as a long term occupation. He graduated from the College of Iowa with a bachelor’s diploma in geology and later attended graduate university at the University of Minnesota, researching greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields. Following a handful of several years accomplishing agricultural analysis, Joel and Rachel experienced the possibility to relocate to the Decorah place. 
“For me, performing exterior, becoming in a position to dilemma address and mobility were being all features of work I experienced favored in the previous,” he mentioned. “I recognized beekeeping experienced all of all those components.”
Now, Fassbinder manages about 200 hives, spread throughout 12 places in Winneshiek and Allamakee counties. Each individual place has its very own exclusive terrain, microclimate and flora. 
In addition, every single hive is in a different life cycle. 

Every day operate
Fassbinder manages the hives centered on the year and its stage of advancement.
In the spring, he removes winter wrapping, checks on the health and fitness of the queen bee, can make absolutely sure there’s adequate honey and pollen, and treats the hives for mites and foulbrood. By the summertime, he’s creating smaller hives, named “nucs,” and introducing honey boxes. In late spring, it’s time to harvest the honey and take away honey packing containers. The drop is expended making ready for wintertime, making positive there is ample honey and pollen and wrapping the boxes. In addition, he also often fills and delivers honey orders.
“While I have grown a minimal drained of washboarded gravel streets, I still seriously get pleasure from traveling from put to area to verify on the progress of my hives,” he mentioned. “I’ve built quite a few lifelong friendships with the landowners of my bee yards and hope to add extra in the long run.”

Strategies and tips
Fassbinder cautions beekeeping is not effortless or a fingers-off passion.
“I regard that every beekeeper has their possess philosophy and some may well have results with a hands-off, ‘let the bees determine it out’ method. I just consider that this method is not sustainable and often prospects to dead hives in the winter season, adopted by more and more costly bee purchases in the spring,” he explained. 
Fassbinder compares bees to any domesticated animal, stating they require standard human intervention.
“If hobbyists are not intrigued in or not cozy with actively managing their beehives in the course of the period, they should really in its place take into account approaches to assistance native pollinators like butterflies, bumblebees and the hundreds of other native bee species in the Driftless. They need our aid additional than honeybees do. There are lots of techniques to aid native pollinators, from planting indigenous bouquets and creating mason bee properties in your yard to changing unused crop and pastureland to restored prairie. Any enhance in pollinator habitat allows.”
Fassbinder suggests any one new to the interest do their investigation. “If you have no encounter preserving bees and want to get begun, it might be effective to acquire a beekeeping class or apprentice/task shadow/do the job for a beekeeper prior to acquiring your possess hives. This allows you to obtain experience doing work with bees and observing wholesome and harmful hives with out the force of owning to make essential decisions about your hives by yourself whilst also acquiring comfy operating with bees at the exact time.”
Highlandville Honey can be acquired at the Oneota Foods Coop and Hy-Vee in Decorah, as properly as the Highland Standard Retail store. It is also obtainable by way of the Iowa Meals Hub’s online farmer’s sector. Additional data can be observed at www.highlandvillehoney.com.