Comfort Farm to hold bee clinic Saturday

Comfort Farms will hold bee clinic Saturday

Founder of Comfort Farms, Jon Jackson, is ready for his newest tenant.

"We're going to have about ten hives," he said.

Busy little yellow- and orange-winged creatures will help veterans get back on their feet.

That's the overall goal of this place, get folks working the land to tackle problems that stem from combat.

"Ranger regiment special operations, six combat tours to Iraq and four to Afghanistan," Jon recited.

The guy that created the buzz for this program knows what he's talking about when it comes to helping vets, but admittedly, he's actually allergic to bees, so he's got volunteers to work hand-in-hand with the queen.

Jon's got the big picture in mind -- he sees how all of this will benefit men and women who have worn a uniform.

"You've got to control your emotions and control your fears. It's just like jumping out of the belly of an aircraft," Jon explained. "We're going to have to pull on those same disciplines in order to work with the bees, so what it does is it grounds the veteran and it puts them right back in the place they need to be disciplined and have a regimented approach to taking care of the bees."

Right now, five veterans from Central Georgia are slated to take care of the bees, which means eventually the hives could help them bring home the bacon.

"Veterans are going to be able to control those hives and market those hives' marketability through honey and other products like bee balm or lotions and things like that," Jon projected.

It's a situation that could bee-hoove insects and humans alike.

Comfort Farms is geared towards veterans but this open house Saturday is open to the public and anyone who wants to come out and learn about hives.

The farm is located at 347 Horace Veal Road. That's off Highway 22 near the sheriff's office.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine. 

The event is free.

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