"I think dealing with bees is quite interesting," says beekeeper Tim Hoda. "Not a day goes by that I'm not fascinated by it."
Hoda keeps his numbers relatively small, managing about 45 hives between four locations.
Removing dead bees is an annual ritual for a beekeeper — especially after winter.
Hoda uses his bees to create products such as bee pollen, chapstick, and beeswax candles, which he sells through his business, the Rainforest Spice Company.
Hoda participates in local farmers' markets year-round and also distributes his products to small grocers such as Natur-Tyme.
On a visit to Eastern Europe in 2001, Hoda learned his ancestral family crest featured a beehive, a detail that reinforced his commitment to the practice.