Raising resilient & adaptive hives
I'm building a relationship with bees that isn’t rooted in industrial agriculture. About 100 years ago, apiaries began to favor one species of bees: large, yellow, hyperproductive, docile bees. While these bees are easy to work with, they’re often inbred, genetically modified, and susceptible to colony collapse.
I work with wild and domesticated bees resistant to Varroa mites. They’re often smaller, darker, and have more variable behavior. But most important? They’re more resilient.
These hives are biodiverse and adaptive to localized bioregions and they can help move the industry forward, ensuring that the bees are equipped with the characteristics that safeguard their survival because bees are more than a tool.
The industry is changing - while demand is constant, it’s becoming harder to keep healthy colonies and stay in business. Traditionally, it’s been hard to get established in the industry without a mentor, yet mentorship can be difficult to find. I've been lucky & privileged to study with Kirk Webster, Sam Comfort and Jean Claude Bourrut to build my bee knowledge.
In the same way that bees communicate through consensus building, our industry is stronger when we share information. We must collectively foster the next generation of beekeepers. I work to uplift the work of talented beekeepers in the field.
I collaborate with other apiaries and farms, host events and courses, and share information. Want to collaborate, speak or teach in your community?
Send me an e-mail at info@ theykeepbees.com.