When my husband Fred and I moved permanently to the Aspen Valley, one of the first things we did was to acquire three goats. Our intentions were pure but after 3 years of watching them eat everything in sight (including their shelter) while giving us nothing in return, we decided that goat-rearing was not for us.
The town of Emma where we live, is historically known as the ‘bread basket’ of the Aspen mid-valley region. There are thousands of acres of hay farms, tree farms, organic produce farms, honey producers – and a 100-acre ranch of beef cattle, where happy cows graze on grass all day, just as they should.
Undeterred by our goat-ly experience, we’ve decided to give back to nature by introducing our own honeybees. Many of you are aware of the plight of the honeybee and our bees will help pollinate the blossoming fruit trees and wildflowers in our garden – and with a range covering a seven-mile radius, they’ll also be helping to preserve and restore the balance of nature in our valley.
And of course, we love honey!