Behind the scenes with a beekeeper


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) What some people do as a hobby or only see on TV is a lifestyle for one Kent County man. Don Snoeyink owns Thornapple Woodlands, a beekeeping operation. Rachael paid him a visit and donned a beekeeper’s outfit to see how bees operate, what the inside of a bee hive looks like, how bees make honey, and how a bee sting can actually be beneficial!

Don loves to teach people about bees. You can bring the kids and check out his presentation, “Something About Bees” at five Grand Rapids Public Library branches in July.

  • Main Grand Rapids Library  – Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Seymour Library – Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Van Belkum Library – Wednesday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
  • Ottawa Library – Thursday, July 31 at 11 a.m.
  • West Side Library – Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Don sells fresh honey, hand cream made from belted bees wax, candles, and bees wax bricks. You can find information on how to purchase them on the Thornapple Woodlands website.

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