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Beekeepers. They have different motivations and methods, but the one thing they all have in common is their passion. Talk to any beekeeper about their bees, and they’ll be quick to tell you all about how necessary these little creatures are, and how much they admire them. Why is beekeeping so important, you ask?
Bees are responsible for the pollination of the majority of crops as well as wildflowers. To make honey, a worker bee has to fly from plant to plant collecting nectar. As it does, it also collects pollen to take back to the hive as food, and extra pollen collects in the fine hairs on its body. As the bee moves between plants, it leaves behind some pollen on each one, fertilizing them and helping the environment flourish.
Because bees are so good at pollinating, much of the ecosystem relies on them. Without their hard work, crops such as almonds, berries, apples, and various types of beans would disappear.
bees are important
Our little apiary began as a means to supplement our homeschooling educational tools. And while we spent time learning about how hard these little creatures work, we quickly fell in love with the process of caring for them. In fact, our family cared for all of our girls (all worker bees are female) for more than a year before we ever harvested any honey. We did this to ensure they had enough food to carry them through the winter months.
Our Facebook Lives have become a wildly popular educational tool that have taught hundreds of people about our little pollinators. Some might even tell you the stories remind them of Soap Operas full of life, death, and mystery.
OUR WHOLE FAMILY CARES FOR THE BEES. even our facebook family.
Once the water level of nectar reaches below 19% it becomes honey. The bees will then put a wax cap over the honey cell. This prevents the honey from fermenting and means it's safe for human consumption.
Bees forage a distance of 4 miles (2560 acres) from their colony to collect pollen and nectar.
Pollen is a bee's protein source, and honey is a bee's carbohydrate source.
Bees have to consume 3 pounds of honey in order to produce 2 pounds of wax.
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When we first started our beekeeping journey I never dreamed I'd be educating people on how complex bees are. I'm often asked lots of questions during our Facebook Lives, as we're walking through our hive inspections and its one of my favorite things to do.
We have become thoroughly fascinated with the lives they lead!
We often get messages and comments during our Live inspections asking if we do in-person demonstrations. At the moment I'm not set up to offer this as an option, but I do dream of the day when I can bring families and people together in one location to teach about caring for our pollinators.
Queen Quimby hatched in May 2021 and is Ramona's daughter.
Queenspotting often feels like a game of "Where's Waldo" during every single inspection.
Each year has a different associated color used to mark the Queens, making it easier to find them.
We operate 3 hives, two of the hives are regular Langstroth hives and we have one Flow Hive from Australia.
Queen Beezus was our very first queen, along with her colony, installed in July 2020.
Our Queens are named through Facebook polls and voting.
ALL COLONIES HAVE A STORY WORTH TELLING.
We are currently caring for docile, high honey producing Italian honeybees. Our queens are VSH bred, for mite resistance hygienic behavior. Our newly hatched queen will be bringing Southern Maryland genes into the apiary.
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You can donate directly to our efforts by clicking here. All proceeds will go to supporting the apiary and building a program to offer personal demonstrations.
Sales of local raw honey are limited based on availability. We currently have 8oz. glass jars of honey from our Spring 2021 harvest available for $9 per jar. Local pick up only.
Watch videos that share our beekeeping journey & follow up on the stories of each hive while we complete inspections.
What you get...
- 8oz glass jar with lid
- Southern Maryland local, raw, unfiltered honey
- limited jars available, based on seasonal harvest
- Flow Hive honey is harvested directly from the hive, untouched by human hands
- framed honey is harvested by scraping comb off of the frames and straining it into jars
- Comb honey will be available soon!
Local pick up available. We're sorry we don't offer shipping yet!
Beezus was the very first Queen to arrive to our small backyard apiary in July 2020. We picked her up from a commercial apiary several hours away, along with 5 frames of her eggs, brood, honey/pollen, and worker bees. These girls are the OG hive and they were placed into our beautiful Flow Hive.
Even today, they are the strongest colony we have in the apiary!
Meet Queen Beezus in the Flow Hive
Ramona came to us through a mail order from a commercial apiary in New York. Her colony accepted her right away, and she quickly got to work laying eggs and boosting the population of her new hive. In the beginning this group faced issues like robbing of their food stores. But Ramona is a strong and healthy Queen, determined to bring her colony back to life. They are housed in one of our Langstroth Hives.
Meet Queen Ramona in the Langstroth Hive
Queen Quinby is our very first home-hatched queen! She came from one of the queen cells we found in Ramona's hive during the spring growth in 2021. Ramona's colony grew so quickly that we moved Quinby's cell into a new Langstroth hive with plenty of food stores and her own group of worker bees. She hatched in May 2021!
Meet Queen Quinby, Ramona's daughter
MEET THE NEXT QUEEN
A PEEK INTO THE hives
meet the colonies
And here I was thinking I would have to wait until June for our first harvest! HA! We've harvested three frames from a single honey super, and two Flow Hive frames. So far we have two full gallons of honey from only one hive!
For 10 years I've had the honor of photographing over 300 families and weddings and have loved every single second! With a deeply rooted appreciation for learning a new skill, I found beekeeping and dove head-first into it.
I care for every single bee in our hives, harvest all of our honey by hand, and make sure each jar is packaged with care. And my favorite part of the process has become teaching others through Facebook Live and YouTube videos about how fascinating and necessary our pollinators really are!
Not at the moment, we don't. Since this is a new venture for us, we're currently trying to figure out what we need to do to make this happen. Thank you for your patience!
We often get messages and comments during our Live inspections asking if we do in-person demonstrations. At the moment I'm not set up to offer this as an option, but I am accepting donations so I can make sure we have the supplies needed to bring families and small groups together safely in one location to teach about caring for our pollinators.
We are currently selling 8oz (1/2 pint) glass jars of raw unfiltered honey from the apiary. Soon we will also be offering cassettes of cut comb honey and Ross Rounds. Stay tuned for updates on harvesting and availability.
I spend 1-3 hours per week with the bees. It's typical to set aside one day per week to inspect each box, check for eggs, make sure the queen is healthy, check for signs of swarming, treat for mites and other diseases if they arise, and harvest honey when it's time.
Last year we didn't harvest a single drop of honey because we wanted to make sure the colonies had enough food stored away to help them survive winter. There are usually two nectar flows per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The strength of each nectar flow determines our harvesting opportunities.
We run colonies housed in two brood boxes with 1-2 honey supers in the spring. During the winter we reduce them to one brood box and one honey super, with a quilt box on top for moisture control. Each colony can have anywhere from 30,000 - 60,000 bees at their strongest point.
YouTube has been a HUGE help for us! We follow Vino Farm, Flow Hive, Frederick Dunn, and The Bush Bee Man. (Be aware of strong language and adult humor when watching The Bush Bee Man.) Also, consider joining a local Beekeeping Group, finding a mentor, and searching for beekeeping groups on Facebook. You are also more than welcome to ask me! I'm happy to help!
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If you're interested in helping us maintain the apiary, provide educational opportunities for our community, and continue to support our local pollinators but you don't want to purchase honey you are more than welcome to donate.
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