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The Honey Man

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It was a 4-H program in 1973 initiated by Mono farmer and beekeeper Dave Barr that spawned a career for apiarist Randy Leitch.

At the time, Leitch was a teen living on his father's Hornings Mills farm. "It was the only 4-H program for bees in Ontario," he says. "And it only ran for two years."

Leitch has been at it ever since - a total of 34 years and counting. 

"It's addictive. Looking after the bees is something that gets into your blood," says the 52-year-old Orangeville resident.

Leitch's Honey, Randy Leitch, Orangevill,e Ontario, Canad,a local honey, raw honey, comb honey, beeswax, pollen One of four full-time beekeepers in the county, Leitch currently manages 275 hives in 15 fields scattered throughout Dufferin and the northwest portion of Caledon. Each hive yields between 100 to 150 pounds of honey. (For the metrically minded, that's 45 to 68 kilograms.) 

Leitch is a member of the Canadian Honey Council, the Ontario Beekeepers' Association, and the Dufferin Bee Association, a local club with 25 to 30 "mostly hobbyists" members who meet on the second Tuesday of every month.

Leitch says he serves as a mentor for several hobbyists, taking phone calls almost every day. He encourages membership in the local club, even for those who don't intend to keep hives. Of course, those that do will benefit from the expertise of others in the field. "Every beekeeper should have a mentor; that's how they learn," he says.

Even with more than three decades of experience, Leitch says he continues to learn.

"I'm always studying," he says. "A good beekeeper must know what's going on in his area and the world, because honey is an international commodity, more so than any other food commodity. I'm in touch with people all over the world."

Most Saturday mornings in the spring and summer Randy can be found selling his goods at the Orangeville Farmers Market. His products are also sold at a number of area garden shops and at Harmony Whole Foods in Orangeville, and Hinds Foods in Grand Valley. Passionate about his product, 

Excerpts from 
"How sweet it is" by John Lawson (with permission)
Sideroads, The Orangeville Banner, July 6, 2006

If you would like to read John Lawson's article in its entirety, please "click" here

Proud Recipient of the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Agricultural Business Excellence Award


Leitch's Honey, Randy Leitch, Orangevill,e Ontario, Canad,a local honey, raw honey, comb honey, beeswax, pollen

 

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