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SWAPPING GIGS: Harvesting honey with an urban beekeeper

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Louisville, KY (WDRB)- A Louisville restaurant and beekeeper have formed a partnership to provide fresh honey in the Nulu district.

Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with Carrie VanWinkle to practice urban beekeeping in a very unlikely place.

While patrons chow down on locally grown food, it's what's being made above them that might surprise visitors.

Carrie VanWinkle maintains two bee hives on the rooftop.

"We just recently harvested over 40 pounds of honey. We might pull of a little bit more this summer. It's been a good year and then they will serve it in the restaurant" said VanWinkle.

We suited up in protective gear to go to work.

VanWinkle told me not to be concerned because we were not threatening nor harming the bees.

The first order of business is to blow cool smoke on the hives. Each hive is home to 50 to 70 thousand bees.

"There are 3 types of bees in the hive. There are the workers which are the females. There is the queen and then there are the drones which are the males" said Van Winkle.

It normally takes the bees two weeks to fill a box with honey in the summer. Production slows down in the winter months.

The finished product will soon be served to customers at Harvest restaurant.

To contact Carrie VanWinkle and to find more information about beekeeping click on this link www.Fleur-debee.com

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