Honey Bee Colonies
Located on our small sustainable farm resides our honey bee colonies and their over 1.5 Million residents. The bees work hard all year round to pollinate the various crops we grow and to produce the beautiful raw honey and other hive products we offer to customers. We currently have 20 hives located in two locations on our farm.
Join Lauren for a talk on the life of the honeybee and the equipment needed to keep them. Next, suit up and head out to the apiary to open real hives and learn about bee jobs, how honey is made and to spot the queen. Lastly, we'll head back to the shop to taste and see how different honey products are made and sample honey straight from the hive. Tours will last approx.1.5 hours. For cost, dates and availability book your tour today!
Originally from Ohio, Lauren has over 8 years of beekeeping experience ranging from raising her own bees, collecting feral swarms, producing and selling quality honey and beeswax beauty products and mentoring new beekeepers. Laurens’ goals for our apiary include growing our bee population to over 50 hives, harvesting honey to supply our CSA members with great local honey and to craft natural beeswax beauty and home goods products to seek at our farm store and at farmers markets. Lauren is currently studying to earn her apprentice level beekeeping certificate through the Alabama beekeepers association. Her long term goal is to become a master beekeeper.
Bee Hotel and Native Pollinators
There are roughly 4000 species of solitary bees in North America and they are the primary pollinator of agricultural plants in most of the country. Native bees are estimated to pollinate 80% of the flowering plants around the world. They are responsible for pollinating crops like squash, tomatoes, cherries, blueberries and cranberries, to name a few. Native bees to Alabama like the Blue Orchard Bee, the Southeastern Blueberry Bee and the Rusty Patched bumblebee are some of the most efficient pollinators.
Native solitary bees make their nests in soil, rotting wood piles, and down logs. Our bee hotel provides our native pollinators with a variety of nesting materials.