What You Just Don’t Know: Jace Githens

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Xena Duly, Staff Writer

As he packages up the honey to be sold the next day, Jace Githens watches his parents who are tending to their two beehives.

“Usually my mom and dad are checking the frames and getting the honey out and they’ll suit up just in case,” Githens said.

A little over five years ago, parents decided to become beekeepers.

“We just wanted to see what it was like,” he said “It’s super fun, but a little frightening when the bees come into your house at 1 a.m., and you have to catch them.”

What started as a hobby soon turned into a profitable business. Githens said the family tends to the bees easily, rarely using any chemicals to handle any wild bees.

“They’re mostly docile,” he said “We tend to the bees, they make the honey, and we take some of the honey.”

The family continues to grow their business.

“Keeping bees is not difficult, it’s fun,” Githens said. “You can make a profit, and you get free honey.”