STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “Without honey bees, we would just have wasps and hornets,” chirps Huguenot beekeeper Igor Yakovled. It’s among his most buzz-worthy sayings courtesy of his buzz-iness — Beezy Beez Honey of Willowbrook.
“I’ve been doing this for five years commercially,” Igor says. He harvests honey from his own hives and from South Shore homeowners who host the wooden boxes in their yards. Igor also tends hives in Central New Jersey.
“All you need is at least a 10-by-15-foot garden,” he says. Igor kicks back five to 10 pounds of the liquid gold to the bee-hosting family. And, he points to another perk: Pollination.
“Beekeeping is a collaboration,” says the apiarist. “If I have a shortage of clover honey, I’ll ask another [local beekeeper] who has it.”
He maintains, “I support all the beekeepers. Beekeeping isn’t easy.” And he’s happy to supplement his colleagues in the bee biz.
After harvesting, Igor hauls the raw product back to his USDA-certified kitchen on the grounds of the Society of St. Paul’s Alba House on Victory Boulevard. Honey seekers can