Below is a video documentary titled "Sanctuary." It was done by a young man, Zander Stone, who I met at the Southeast Iowa Beekeepers' Fall Field Day. Zander wanted to produce a short documentary that told the story of "why" people kept bees. I had the privilege of sharing part of my story. Enjoy!
The family spent Friday and Saturday up in Marshalltown, Iowa at the 101st annual Iowa Honey Producers Association meeting.
Highlights included the Queen luncheon which was a dad and daughter date. Tim and Ansley had an opportunity to visit with other beekeepers over lunch. Coincidentally, 2 of the 3 gentleman who sat at their table happened to be chiropractors as well!
The evening banquet was great as Tim took Harrison and Ansley. Sarah hung with the baby bees back in the hotel room. The banquet included delicious food, awards presentations, the 2014 Iowa Honey Queen coronation, and an auction. Not to mention, there were bee cupcakes! The key speaker for the weekend was Randy Oliver, a beekeeper and scientist/researcher from Northern California. Randy was full of information regarding the challenges facing beekeeping today. You can visit his website at www.scientificbeekeeping.com.
The Wilbanks Family
We are fifth and hopefully sixth generation beekeepers maintaining a small hobby farm in rural Iowa. We love Jesus, family and pure, natural, sweet honey.