Sudbury family turns backyard hobby into a small business

Sudbury family turns garden hobby into small business

Beekeeping offers an opportunity to connect with nature and sell local honey



♪ SHAYNA: THE DECISION TO IMIGRATE WAS AN ACT OF DESPAIR. >> 21 YEARS AGO, WE CAME HERE. SHAYNA: HIS SON ANDY WAS BORN WITH A RARE GENETIC DISEASE THAT DOCTORS IN MEXICO CANNOT DIAGNOSE. >> THE MOMENT WE ENTERED THE HOSPITAL, WE WERE SAFE. IT TOOK A FEW MONTHS TO IDENTIFY THE EXACT GENETIC CONDITION WHICH CAUSED HIS DISEASE. ♪ THE SOLUTION WAS TO REPLACE DEFECTIVE CELLS WITH HEALTHY CELLS, AND THE OPTION WE HAD TO DO THAT WAS TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY. MY DAUGHTER SOPHIA, MARCH 14, 2004, THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE, RED CHEEKS AND BEAUTIFUL TEARS, AND I HAVE NOT NOTICED THE UMBILICAL CORD. THESE CELLS WERE USED TO FIND A CURE FOR MY SON. SHAYNA: THE TREATMENT WAS A SUCCESS IN THIS FAMILY AS FOUR MOVED INTO THEIR SUDBERRY HOME TOGETHER, AND ADDED ONE MORE TO THEIR NEST, THE YOUNGEST SISTER. >> AFTER NEARLY 1000 DAYS IN HOSPITAL, WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH NATURE. A FRIEND OF MINE SHARED ABOUT BEEKEEPING AND I DECIDED EIGHT YEARS AGO TO TRY IT. THE SMOKE HELPS MINIMIZE THE PHEROMONES THEY USE AS A SIGNAL. IT COULD BE 30,000 TO 40,000 BEES. THIS IS FRESH, RAW HONEY. THEY NEED THE HONEY FOR THE WINTER, SO WE TAKE ONLY WHAT IS NECESSARY AND WHAT WE OFFER TO THE PUBLIC. SHAYNA: WHAT STARTED AS A HOBBY BECAME A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS. >> MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, WHO IS 13, WE CALL HER THE CHIEF STILL OFFICER. WHEN MY DAUGHTER STARTED DRIVING, SHE WAS HAPPY TO BE THE DELIVERY PERSON. >> THIS IS THE BEE ROVER. >> IT HELPS WITH DELIVERY AND SALE. IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO US TO CONTINUE THESE TRADITIONS. SHAYNA: SOLID ROOTS THAT GAVE THEM THE FORTITUDE TO RID IN BEEHIVE. THE PROPERTY IS A WILDLIFE REFUGE, AND THE HONEY THEY BOTTLE IS SOLD AT LOCAL STORES. SHAYNA: DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BECOME THIS? >> I DIDN’T HAVE THE FOLLOW-UP, BUT WE LEARN A LOT FROM BEES. WE WILL FIND THEM INCREDIBLE CREATURES. SHAYNA: WHAT A STORY. IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING DAY OF GIVING HERE. SUPPORT THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK. ANTHONY: YOU SEE PEOPLE HANDLING TELEPHONES. IF YOU WISH TO DONATE, THESE FUNDS WILL BE OPEN FOR A FEW MINUTES. YOU CAN CALL 1-781-433-4009. YOU CAN STILL DONATE AFTER THE PHONE LINES HAVE CLOSED IN A FEW MINUTES. JUST GO TO WCVB.COM SLASH GBFB OR TEXT GBFB TO 2-0-2-2-2. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] OUR THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE

Sudbury family turns garden hobby into small business

Beekeeping offers an opportunity to connect with nature and sell local honey

What started as a backyard hobby turned into a small family business for the Treviño family. Treviño was looking for a way to reconnect with nature. He decided to give beekeeping a try and eight years later he, his wife and three children are caring for around 35,000 bees in their apiary and selling the surplus honey under the Sudbury Bees name.

What started as a garden hobby turned into a small family business for the Treviño family.

After emigrating from Mexico and spending 1,000 in Boston Children’s Hospital with his oldest child, Andres Treviño was looking for a way to reconnect with nature.

He decided to try beekeeping and eight years later he, his wife and three children are caring for approximately 35,000 bees in their apiary and selling the excess honey as Sudbury Bees.

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