Did you know that Equity’s own Andy Johanni is also Equity’s onsite beekeeper? When Johanni isn’t busy putting together sweet deals for new development projects, he can be found dressed in beekeeper’s white, conducting a well orchestrated “honey production program” with a very active group of bees.
Johanni and his daughter Anneliese and family friend Tom Roberts took an Introduction to Beekeeping class at a local college last winter. They then bought their bees from a Georgia vendor, built their beehives, purchased beekeeping gear and protective clothing, found a good spot on the Hilliard campus and began their beekeeping adventure last April. They started with 20,000 bees, who are clearly overachievers like Johanni, as they produced 4 gallons of delicious honey in year one; most hives don’t produce anywhere near that much honey in first year production. And boy did it taste great, I know, I got to test it right off the hive! Some interesting bee facts that Johanni shared:
Future plans for the hives and the honey? “I’d like to have 7-8 hives; I just started a new hive recently. You’ll find “bee juice” (sugar water!) in my office fridge which I am using to ‘jumpstart’ this hive by providing a regular carb source for the bees,” explains Johanni.
My suggestion? Package it up and bring it along to Equity new prospect pitch meetings. It’s sure to sweeten the deal and take the sting out of contract negotiations.