A Beekeeping Mama’s Story

Angelina is a busy beekeeper and gardener living on a small homestead with a bunch of clingy chickens in rainy Washington State. In between being a mama to two hilarious little boys and wife to the most patient man in the world, she teaches beekeeping to new beekeepers and makes/sells different farm products while her kids are in school.  She feels like she never sleeps enough, but wouldn’t change it for the world.

Hi Friends! I’m Angelina from @the_chinglish_farmer. I am a mama to two rambunctious little boys, a wife to a very patient man, a lady beekeeper to thousands of bees, a chemical free gardener, and about a thousand other titles as all homesteading mothers would understand. 
 
My beekeeping story really started because I didn’t want to spray my vegetable garden. I began learning about pollinators, both local and naturalized and began planting huge pollinator flower beds  all around the farm trying to attract more pollinators. Finally,  I simply ran out of reasons NOT to become a beekeeper. 
 
A few years back, I took the plunge and bought two nucleus hives for my farm. I had never even been around an active hive before! But after cracking open the hive for the first time, I was hooked. A lot of time was spent learning about honeybees and beekeeping, but I love it. One sunny garden day when my fingers were green from pruning tomato stems, I recognized a meditative buzzing sound that was floating all around me. My ladies were working hard pollinating and my organic garden was happy. So was I. 
 
While this is most definitely Mama’s hobby, I try hard to include my little boys anytime I can. They will zip up their bee suits and  inspect frames with me on sunny afternoons. We’ll cheers and high-five each other when we find the scurrying queen amongst her daughters. And they’ll lick sticky fingers as they drizzle fresh golden honey on their toast. While beekeeping definitely has its fair share of stings, I’ve found that the learning moments and memories can be for the whole family.
 
So I hope you’ll follow me on my beekeeping journey  @the_chinglish_farmer via Instagram and/or Tik Tok. Who knows, you may be inspired to bring home some honeybees as well. 

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