Situated in pristine Chishang Township, the Happy Bee Farm is a pure and unpolluted environment ideal for high quality honey. Not only is Chishang surrounded by unspoiled mountains and rivers, it is also free of industrial pollution. Most of the nearby farmland forgoes the use of harmful pesticides in favor of more natural options. Chishang can be said to be a beekeeper’s paradise. The honey collected here is pure, natural, and can be eaten with the peace of mind that comes from eating organic food. Before the outdoor portion of the honey harvesting tour, a short educational presentation is given to provide guests with a more thorough understanding of the living habitats of the various types of bees at the farm. Guides also present useful information such as how to distinguish between real and fake honey, and how to harvest honey properly.
We’re going out to collect some honey, so throw on a beekeeping suit and let’s get buzzy! Collecting honey involves ten steps. First, everyone gathers in a circle around the bee smoker for the “Smoke Ceremony.” After praying that everything goes well, everyone enters the bee yard. Under the shade of the surrounding trees, a swarm of busy bees fly around between row after row of beehives. The beekeeper tells everyone to pair up and carefully lift up the beehive covers. Then the pairs work together to pry loose, then remove the honey super (sheets that house the honeycomb) and place them into square buckets. After putting a damp cloth onto the bucket, each pair uses poles to carry theirs over to the extraction area. The beekeeper takes over for the next step, which is cutting the honeycomb from the super, because it’s quite dangerous. Then, the beekeeper puts the honeycomb into an extractor. The machine whirls around and the honey flows out of the bottom. Finally, the honey super is put back into the beehive. Mission accomplished!