We are putting so much pressure on our environment. Bees are no exception. With our global economy we have imported more and more pests that affect the honey bee. Chemical agriculture has created pesticides that are decimating the honey bee and native bee populations. Add on top of that a narrowing gene pool through selective breeding and a limited number of large scale bee breeders, we have put the honey bee in a bad position. They are a very resilient creature though. My goal is to have locally grown stock, that are not treated with chemicals or oils, that are genetically diverse and open mated.
My Beekeeping Story
I remember growing up raising a garden. Green Beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and many more fresh vegetables. I also remember fresh apples, blackberries and strawberries. I have raised a garden for many years now and the last 5 or more years, my yields have slowly decreased. I kept searching for answers. I do not use pesticides or fertilizers. I had my soil tested but could not put my finger on one good reason. Then I began to watch. Where are the bees? I watched the fruit trees, the clover, the apple trees and the garden. I would see the occasional bumblebee or mason bee, but no honey bees. So I began to look in to it. What happened to the bees. What could I do? I found some videos on how to start beekeeping and they started off with mix this antibiotic with this food substitute and mix this miticide with sugar syrup… If i can raise a garden without chemicals, why can’t I raise bees without them. This put me off to beekeeping for while. Then after 2 seasons of a completely failed garden and fruit trees, I began doing more research. I met a local beekeeper and decided to give it a go. After studying for a while I decided to dive in head first.
I found out that honey bees are an amazing creature with an amazing society. They are utterly fascinating and what we can learn from them is amazing. So join me and share in my fascination with the honey bee.