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Five favorites

Favorite Book: A lot of the beekeeping books I use as reference material
Favorite Movie: I don’t have time to go to movies.
Favorite Musician: Pousette-Dart Band
Favorite Food: Seafood and steak
Favorite thing about NH: Changing climates, nice summer times




On the job with Allen Lindahl
Allen Lindahl is the owner of Hillside Apiaries and Beekeeping Supplies in Merrimack.

08/27/15
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



Explain in one sentence what your current job is.

We sell beekeeping equipment and supplies to other people that are getting interested in keeping bees. I basically do everything from manufacturing to sales.
 
How long have you worked there?
For 22 years.
 
How did you get interested in this field?
I had a pick-your-own operation with blueberries and raspberries and needed pollination for the fruit. I rented a hive and said, “Boy if I have to do this every year, I might as well start keeping bees myself.” One [hive] led to two, led to 20, led to 90 and the rest is history. … We still do [the berry-picking] in the summertime and that’s more of a sideline. The beekeeping equipment and sales is 99 percent of the business.
 
What kind of education or training did you need for this job?
A lot of sweat equity hours ... just trying to learn how to run a computer, and a lot of education on my part. Just picking up information and reading to learn what I needed to be involved in the industry. … I did a lot through reading. There’s a lot more available online [now]. 
 
How did you find your current job?
I created it. I saw a need for beekeeping equipment for other people and also for myself. The more I got involved in it, the more I ended up needing to carry because people want more and more and different supplies. So we carry basically everything a beekeeper would need to get started.
 
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
Work with a mentor, somebody that’s willing to help you get started, and get good help to keep your operation going. Help is probably the most important part of it because if you’ve got good people who can help you out, then you’re going to succeed.
 
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
The industry is constantly changing. I wish I knew more about how to run a computer and be more versatile at being able to look up things and different programming aspects. 
 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
Usually a shirt with … the company name. … [I also wear a beekeeper’s] jacket and veil. … Most of them are usually white with either a round or a fencing-style veil that would protect you from bee stings. They zip up the jacket and then the veil zips around your head. Put a pair of gloves on and you are pretty well-protected from stings. 
 
What was the first job you ever had?
The first job I ever had I was flipping burgers at Howdy Beef and Burger in Keene. … They’ve since gone out of business. 
— Ryan Lessard





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