Why the name Buck Naked Farm? … The Naked Truth
Spoiler – everyone is fully clothed on our farm and website. For those interested in where our name came from, here’s our story….
Our love for beekeeping began in the NC foothills at a little place called Buck Mountain. There, many homes are referred to by name rather than address… Stagger Inn, Honey’s Hideaway, Mountainaire, Ruffin’ It… But we were stymied for a similarly creative name.
Early in my beekeeping career we moved a few hives to the mountains for the coveted NC sourwood bloom. It was a great success and helped our bees through their first winter. One of the first evenings after the bees arrived, it started raining. Being the doting new beekeeper I was, I decided to check on the bees and do one teensy last thing in the bee yard. Most of the time honey bees are very docile, but they do object to a few things – namely night time invasion (especially with a headlamp) and rain inside the hive. I broke 2.5 of the cardinal rules.
Ignorantly I proceeded to open the biggest hive. I was met with an instant laser-speed strike. (The term beeline originated for a reason). There were bees in my hair, on my neck, in my shirt … cue the running and flailing. I ran, as fast as you can up a 30 degree incline, swatting and stripping clothes. (Swatting is another cardinal rule. For those keeping count, I’m over 3 infractions now.)
My husband watched me from the door, bewildered but chuckling as I, now partially clothed, tried to outrun the bees and avoid bringing them into the house. (Bees can fly up to 18mph. I can’t run a 3:33 pace, even with motivation.) The kids, including a visiting friend, stood horrified watching the melee. As the laughter died down, Paul managed to choke out “Babe, this is Buck Mountain. Not Buck NAKED Mountain!” We had our house name.
As we realized that we wanted to expand this hobby into a family business, the name stuck. And it makes a lot of sense. We strive to preserve nature’s creations in a pure form. We use few ingredients, no dyes, no artificial stuff. So our products are truly Buck Naked.
I learned those early lessons the hard way. The swelling subsided but the message stuck. So no more naked beekeeping. I don’t recommend it. Honey bees are very tolerant of beekeepers, but they are also good teachers. Break their rules and they will sear your errors into memory forever. So feel free to cover up in the bee yard. We do (usually).