Marie Ackerman, seen here in her honey processing warehouse in front of stacks of supers, owns and operates Bee Unique Honey, in Elgin, N.D. She lost 75% of bees in 2013, but has rebuilt her colonies.
Bees are Marie Ackerman’s livestock. She tends to about 3,000 hives.
The honeycomb from a hive is filled with honey.
Honey drips from a frame before being placed into the extraction equipment.
Marie Ackerman pushes frames through the processing equipment at Bee Unique Honey.
Honey is pumped into large totes for marketing. Some of her honey is used in Honey Nut Cheerios.
Marie Ackerman holds a block of beeswax that she markets. Nothing the bees produce goes to waste.