51. Mitchell Hilt’s secret life of bees in the backyards of old Belle Meade neighborhood Nashville.

ABOVE: CLICK ORANGE ARROW TO HEAR MITCHELL FIND THE QUEEN BEE.

By day Mitchell Hilt is a man in suit and tie who works for one of the world’s great companies–Empire Distributors, backed by none other than Berkshire Hathaway. And he is proud of his day job. But evenings and weekends he wears quite a different hat. Mitchell has a secret life: He is a beekeeper. In the backyards of Belle Meade, no less.

Mr. Hilt keeps his bees in his and his neighbors’ backyards. He has kept bees for years. For honey, yes. But more for the pleasure of the work.

On a Saturday morning in April 2018 we go with him to inspect the hives. The bees are hard at work preparing to create new colonies for the summer, he says. We are inspecting the health of the colonies and specifically we are looking for the Queen Bees. And we find the Queen.

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