Who are the Bee Ranchers you might ask?
Mike Vigo, Ranch Foreman, originally became interested in beekeeping after his daughters joined a beekeeping project in their local 4H chapter. To this day, beekeeping has been a family affair and his daughters remain active in 4H and in beekeeping by capturing swarms, tending to their hives, and, of course, harvesting their honey! His daughters (the Ranch Hands) help out with The Bee Ranchers when they are not busy with school, sports and friends.
Mike runs the Bee Ranchers out of his workshop near Lake Chabot and technically right out of his honey colored, 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 pick-up truck that traverses the entire Bay Area servicing client hives. If you happen to see his truck on the road, give Mike a “honk” or two and I’m sure he’ll wave hello!
Mike and his eager Ranch Hands never miss the opportunity to spread the “good word” about the benefits of honeybees and the fine art of bee keeping. In fact, whenever given the opportunity to speak to a captured audience of second graders, garden enthusiasts or nuclear physicists, they’ll always take the time to educate those who have interest in gaining a better understanding of why honeybees are so important to our modern lives. So if you have a group of folks or an organization that is interested in learning more about honeybees, give Mike and his Ranch Hands a call and I’m sure they’ll arrange to come over talk your ear/s off!