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Notes from the Beeyard
Season 1
Episode 20
Running Time 21:17
Woodpile, Buxton, Maine
Woodpile, Buxton, Maine

Tom and Laura chat about wood heat and how to be a good friend.

“We developed a friendship that transcended the bees. I was drawn to him because he was a man of character and I could see that. He had strong convictions and strong beliefs. He was about 10 years older than me. But even after the bees faded, one or the other of us would always make an effort to contact the other, maybe once a year, no more often than that, just to get together for a cup of coffee . . . “

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Tom Theobald
Tom Theobald standing next to one of his two-queen colonies in Boulder County, Colorado.

Notes from the Beeyard is a weekly podcast about the joys and disappointments of beekeeping.

From 1990 to 2016 Colorado beekeeper Tom Theobald wrote a weekly column, Notes from the Beeyard, for a regional farm and ranch magazine.

Tom’s initial plan for Notes from the Beeyard was to document a single year in his life as a beekeeper – swarm management, working toward the honey flow, bears – and so on. Over time, the column grew to hold much more. Notes from the Beeyard is about the joys and disappointments of beekeeping. It’s about the Colorado landscape, friendship, the fabric of Western life, and the passage of time.

Listen to Notes from the Beeyard to hear Tom read stories about beekeeping. Enjoy the conversation that follows as Tom and Notes from the Beeyard podcast host, Laura Tyler, chat about Tom’s stories.

Tom Theobald

“There are few crafts which draw one as intimately into the natural order of things as the bees do, and even after years of beekeeping I often found myself standing in awe at some event I witnessed in my work.”

Tom Theobald is an author and beekeeper who has lived and kept bees in Niwot, Colorado for over 40 years.

Laura Tyler

“I love talking with beekeepers and listening to stories about their lives because working with bees is fascinating and can feel adventuresome.”

Laura Tyler is a media producer and visual artist with over 20 years experience keeping bees in Boulder, Colorado.