Local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees during a program Tuesday at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC
Take Wing Week has begun at PEEC – a week of programing all about things that fly.
At 7 pm. Tuesday at PEEC, local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees. Traditionally, raising bees has been quite an involved process. In this program, Enemark will talk about the Top Bar method of keeping bees, which is used widely in countries such as Kenya. The hive can be easily made from scrap wood and at very little cost.
Of late, this method has been of more interest to those that want to raise the number of pollinators, rather than collect honey. Even the harvesting is low cost, actually just crushing and straining, which helps to avoid the high cost of an extractor. Enemark will show how they are made and managed, including a video of one in operation.
Enemark is 81 years young and has been a hobby beekeeper for more than 40 years. This hobby started for him in Iowa, where he lived until 1985, when he took a job as an electrical design engineer at LANL. There he was involved primarily in instrumentation for satellites, including the Curiosity Mars Rover and more recently in the design of the small, 10x10x15 cm, low cost CubeSats. Enemark has had as many as 10 hives at a time, but he has never considered it as anything more than a hobby.