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Bee keeper Gene Sipe

See larger Female worker bees gather together to find their way back to their hive while being removed from a honey super by Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe in his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff

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Female worker bees gather together to find their way back to their hive while being removed from a honey super by Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe in his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff

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  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff
  • Female worker bees gather together while being removed from a honey super by Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe in his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff
  • Bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, evaluates the health of his bee hives while tending to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his bees at his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, checks the development of honey in each frame of the honey supers of his hives as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • A female worker bee fans out pheromones to assist her fellow worker bees in finding their way back to the nest in an apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Fort Myers resident Gene Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff
  • Female worker bees build honeycombs along the edge of a frame in a honey super in Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe's apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, checks the development of honey in each frame of the honey supers of his hives as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • With a smoker full of smoldering pine needles, Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, calms a hive of bees while tending to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, checks the development of honey in each frame of the honey supers of his hives as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, brings a honey super full of honey to his car to be harvested using a centrifuge as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, checks the development of honey in each frame of the honey supers of his hives as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, checks the development of honey in each frame of the honey supers of his hives as he tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who estimates that between 600,000 to 800,000 bees inhabit his apiary, pollinating the produce plants of his friend's hydroponic farm. David Albers/Staff
  • Female worker bees gather together to find their way back to their hive while being removed from a honey super by Fort Myers bee keeper Gene Sipe in his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return. David Albers/Staff
  • Dried pine needles smolder in a smoker as bee keeper Gene Sipe, 56, tends to his apiary at Rabbit Run Farm on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, in Fort Myers. Sipe is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his bees at his friend's hydroponic farm to pollinate the produce plants and to harvest honey in return. David Albers/Staff

Fort Myers resident Gene Sipe, 56, is a hobbyist bee keeper who keeps his hives on the hydroponic produce farm of a friend, Rabbit Run Farm, pollinating the plants while harvesting the honey in return.

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