Joel Schaeffer


 Joel has always been a man of calm spirit, intelligent, enthusiastic and passionate about nature.  Growing up, Joel was particularly interested in insects. He would be thrilled when biology class assigned the bug collection.  A few of which might still be hidden in our basement! As a young biologist in the 70's, Joel became intrigued with the life of the honey bee.   Following this passion, he purchased three hives and quickly became our backyard hobbyist.  Throughout the years, although life did not allow his hobby to continue uninterrupted, he stayed informed through publications, journals, and contacts made in college. As retirement came closer he once again started beekeeping and joined the Michigan Beekeepers Association. Their monthly meetings allow him to once again be in contact with Michigan beekeepers, as well as current and former entomology professors at Michigan State University (apiary specialists).  Upon retirement as a consulting biologist in 2012, Joel and I moved to our cottage on Old Mission Peninsula in  Northern Michigan's Grand Traverse County.  Like stepping back in time, the residents of Old Mission provided that down home feel that was so comfortable and familiar, as we had experienced throughout our youth.  Introducing ourselves as beekeepers was an instant connect with the local farmers of the area!  Old Mission Peninsula is acclaimed for it's pristine rolling countryside, cherry orchards, vineyards, and extensive park land, surrounded by the clear turquoise waters of Grand Traverse Bay. It is the perfect landscape for bees as well as for retirement!!  Joel and I feel so fortunate to have been able to realize our dream of retiring and becoming full-time beekeepers in this gorgeous country. A countryside where a beekeeper can achieve maximum production of wholesome local raw honey and peace of mind!



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