The not-so-sweet news is that beekeepers are experiencing higher than average losses. This bee health decline has been linked to a variety of factors including pesticides, predators, pests, diseases, forage and nutrition. However, this is where we differ and excel by using simplicity and common sense practices to keep our hives healthy and vibrantly buzzing.
Bees face danger on many different threat levels and eliminating each one is our responsibility. Maintaining the grounds around the apiaries is done by hand and a machete. There are no pesticides, no toxic weed killers or chemicals in our operation. We keep ants and lizards away by elevating our boxes on metal stilts surrounded by water moats. Then there are certain birds that desires to make the bees a delicacy and we make a meal of those natural predators with BB pellets powered by air-soft rifles. Even human traffic is monitored on our seventy acre farm, because the bees are critical to the health of our planet and food chain. As beekeepers, we are ever mindful to apply best practices that supports bee health and productivity. Our brood chambers are doubled to provide adequate honey for the bees after harvesting and this means we do not need to feed our bees any sugar substitute during the season of non flowering plants.
These are just a few of our best practice methods which has worked well in keeping our operation up and running for years.