Cait Scott working with her bees with hive in background.
We love writing a story at the Buzz about a young lady who is generating buzz about her hives and swarms and Honey by (and for) the People (uh, that would be us).
Cait Scott and her wife, Whitney Ride, followed family north from the Bay Area just over a year ago. Along for the trip came Cait’s first hive of bees. Her father has been making hives for her, and she’s been wrangling local bees to hang out at her place and grow the buzz.
Now she’s launching a Kickstarter campaign — it goes live sometime Friday, May 1 — in hopes of raising $7,000 to finance the gear and such to take her hobby at least to the micro-business level.
She says she needs honey extractor and jars and lids and … well, “the whole shebang.”
Scott and her startup will be the featured guest of a Kickstarter Launch Party at the Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1.
Scott has plans to site 11 hives on farm properties of friends in Hood River and Mosier. One of the friends is Pfriem brewer Gavin Lord and his partner, Giselle Kennedy. Scott works with Lord. Kennedy studied and worked in video with Scott’s brother, Whit Scott, who lives in Portland.
Whit raised over $34,000 in a Kickstarter effort to fund a film project, and encouraged his sister to take a similar route.
As Scott grows her collection of hives and harvest of honey, she’s hoping to pay some out to investors and some to people who like it sweet and like it local.
Before all that starts, however, Scott had to track down and figure out how to convince her bees to return home. She says they did a swarm thing Wednesday, in which they all decided to run away at once. Ask a beekeeper what it all means — it’s fascinating, but mysterious to us.
The thing Scott loves is that she put a call-out to the local beekeepers group asking what she should do to resolve this swarm situation, and got a half-dozen responses full of advice and on-site help.
Beekeepers, it seems, gotta stick together — because their bees don’t always share the same sentiment.