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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y Photos by Michelle Le/The Almanac Golden Harvest Bees beekeeper Richard Baxtor uses a smoker to calm bees in the langstroth hive. The smoke emulates a forest fire and calms bees down. Busy bees Beekeeping is booming on the Peninsula On the cover: Golden Harvest Bees beekeeper Richard Baxtor shows a frame from his top-bar hive. L ocal honey is becoming a sweet business for beekeepers on the Peninsula these days. For Richard Baxter, who started beekeeping when he was 9 years old, it’s exciting to see so many new people getting involved in his favorite hobby. Semi-retired, he runs Golden Harvest Bees out of his home in Redwood City, and helps set up and maintain about 100 hives in the area. He says that when he joined the Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo County 10 years ago, there were maybe 50 members; now there are more than 300. The support group meets monthly to talk about the joys and challenges of raising bees. Mr. Baxter teaches introductory classes in beekeeping a couple of times a month for $45. He also sells basic starter kits that include a box to set up a hive with bees, and food to get a colony established. That Continued on next page April 9, 2014 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN25

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