The thing about San Francisco is that the people who live here are rarely actually from here. And the great thing about the diversity it creates is that it makes very interesting people (…myself included!). I worked with a designer who was an underground DJ, a project manager at work who lived in the Congo, and a lawyer who has a side business doing gourmet Japanese catering.
There’s nothing better than surrounding yourself with people who have so much passion for what they do, either at the job or outside of it.
Meet Tom the BeekeeperMeet Tom. He’s works at a product design firm during the week, and is a beekeeper on weekends. I forgot to ask him how he got into it, but I think it’s a very interesting (and ancient!) hobby.
The Community Garden
Tom lives in the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco, where there’s a community garden. Land is scarce in San Francisco so community gardens are actually quite common. According to Tom, this particular garden started in 1971, and is the last community garden in San Francisco that is not under lock and key. This is where he tends his beehives.
A huge zucchini! You know, the zucchinis I had in my yard growing up were also this big, and other people I know who grow zucchini also have zucchinis this big. I’m wondering if they are normally this large, but they sell the mini version in the supermarket because no one can finish a large one? (I can, though).
I really like this picture of tomatoes.
Tending the Hive
Here’s a video that Mike made of how it was done:
Tom removing frames from the beehive:
Here’s the top cover of the hive again, with a closeup view of the sides of the frames in the box. These eventually go into a centrifuge so that the honey spins out. Tom gets about 3 gallons of honey each time.Placing a frame in the crate for transportation.
Bringing the honey home
Ohhhh yeah. I like this photo too.
Tom: Thanks for inviting us!