“If the honeybee disappeared off the surface of the globe then mankind would only have four years of life left.”
What you need to know to do it your self.
Why does a part of nature need maintenance?
Teaching is one of our greatest passions.
We offer a New School of Beekeeping where you don't have to mess with the bees if you don't want to.
Help the Honeybee
A honeybee has to travel over 55,000 miles and visits approx. 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
A beehive full of bees buzzing away happily is beautiful, but this is just the beginning of our task. The lack of bees is only a part of the current national bee crisis. Starting new hives everywhere doesn't solve the problem at all. In order to solve the bee crisis, we must get our bees to flourish, not just survive.
We meet many beekeepers and hear all sorts of horror stories about hive failures. “How often do you inspect your hives?” is the first question we ask these beekeepers. Not just lifting a top cover and feeder, we mean really inspecting them see what is going on in there. The usual answer is, “Not very often” or “I'm afraid I'm going to kill the queen.” Hives that don't get inspected often will usually fail. Just because bees are flying around doesn't mean your hive is healthy and prospering. Many people don't know why their hives fail because they didn't know what was going on inside of it in the first place. There are many beekeepers out there like to call themselves Treatment Free or Organic Beekeepers. Their motto is to place a hive and then let nature take care of it and take a hands off attitude. Although this may have worked years ago, this type of beekeeping has little success and in today's environment, honeybees very seldom survive without our help. Generally, that help is a learned skill and is tailored for each hive and location individually. Although you may have all the same breed of bees every hive has a different temperament that responds to treatment and the environment differently. Some hives require more maintenance than others and some environments are better than others. Most often the only way to find out is to actually put bees somewhere and see how they fare, being ready to support them in any way possible.
We've started a New School of Beekeeping here, at Tamarack Apiaries. Neither old school or modern day beekeeping works with the constant ever changing challenges. These environmental challenges that modern beekeepers are facing are very daunting. Here at Tamarack Apiaries, we take a more logical path, using old school and modern approaches to combat these issues.