Bees, Honey and Beeswax
We have been keeping bees since spring of 2005. The past three years have been the most difficult of our beekeeping journey. I have been playing a game of cat and mouse with a commercial beekeeper who is tightening the noose, placing more and more hives closer and closer to mine. After moving to a friend's property in 2017, I thought I was OK, but the commercial beekeeper began placing more hives close to that location. Eventually he bought a piece of property within two miles of that location and by the time I was aware of that, had 12,000 hives throughout our area. So, for the 2019 season I am going to do a re-build. I have found a location around 20 or more miles to the east, which I believe will be clear of the commercial pollinator's territory. I had three hives going into winter in 2018-2019. I moved my three hives to the new location on January 3, 2019. The winter had been extremely mild up to that point, but within a couple of weeks turned quite bitter, so only spring will tell if the hives I moved have survived. I have two local nucs on order from Mary Bouma. I had two nucs from her last spring which did very well, I was pleased with the bees and their build-up. My plan is to take a year off of field days to re-build my bees and hopefully get a good honey crop for the first time since 2015, when the commercial beekeeper first placed hives near mine. I may offer some beekeeping workshop classes at the farm if there is enough interest. If you are interested in information about those, I will make announcements on my email list. I will not do hands-on in hive inspections for the 2019 season, however. Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions, and I will do my best to answer and offer suggestions. I will continue to update about my hives and their progress on my apiary journal.
You may schedule a class in lip balm, lotion bars, soap, lotion or cheese making by contacting us and we can bring the class to your location or you may come to the farm. Any classes that are on the schedule will be posted on the "classes" page.
There will be no scheduled hands-on field days for the 2019 beekeeping season, but I may offer some workshops throughout the season at my home. Sign up for the email list for information on that when it becomes available.