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Welcome to this exciting adventure of discovering secrets of the colony.  Bees are amazing creatures.

Jolanta Dabrowski, MSc (Entomology and phytopathology)
Jolanta Dabrowski, MSc (Entomology and phytopathology)

Our main focus is on sharing  knowledge about sustainable beekeeping and the propagation of survivor bees.  We collect swarms and by doing that, we help bees find a safe home and also improve the survivability of our local colonies.

Our motto is: Observe and learn.

Bees know better than us what is best for them.

Consultation
Consultation
Our class at the bee yard
Our class at the bee yard
Horizontal hive inspection
Horizontal hive with Langstroth frames inspection

Events

Our Events

Visit our table at Seedy Saturday in St. Thomas on Feb 16th, 2019. Also I will be speaking there about a backyard beekeeping.

We also will be at Seedy Saturday in London, ON on March 2nd, 2019. Drop by at our table to say hello.

This year we will be together with The Living Centre at the Go Wild Grow Wild Green Expo on April 6th in London, ON. Visit us to chat about bees and get on the list for the field trip to our bee yard.

It was exciting to have my presentation about natural beekeeping at the 2017 Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference in Collingwood. A lot of participants were new to the beekeeping and they plan to have bees in the near future. It was a fantastic experience. The audience was great. Great question during the presentation and after. I would like to send thanks to everybody- participants and organizers. Continue reading “Events”

Services

Swarm Removal – free of charge service
Swarm in a tree
The swarm in a tree

Do not call an exterminator! Honeybees can be safely removed from your property alive, without using toxic chemicals.

Do not spray the cluster. Let us know exactly where the bees are, how high the cluster is and where it is.  Contact us as soon as possible.

The swarm removal is a free service.

Honeybee colony retrieval

We retrieve honeybee nests from inside trees, voids in your house, and other places. Depending on the circumstances we use an extraction method or a trap-out.

Make sure that what you have are honeybees, not wasps or hornets.
Take photos of the site and the bees if you can, so we can assess the job.

Extraction of the colony/cut-out
Extraction of the colony/cut-out

Honeybees are small and furry with gold or brown stripes, yellow jackets are bright yellow and shiny.  Contact us, if you have honeybees that have established a colony.

A bee trap-out
A bee trap-out

The cost of the established hive removal varies.  Please contact us for a quote.

If you wish to donate to our bee rescue activity, please contact us.

Open hive build by feral honeybees
Open hive built by feral honeybees
HoneyBee Traps – free of charge service

Have you had a problem with a feral honey bee colony on your property before? Sometimes it can be an expensive and annoying headache to remove them, if they are between walls.

Even if you decide not to call a beekeeper to help you with an extraction and you choose to call an exterminator or spray them yourself, the colony has to be removed anyway and all openings have to be sealed. A dead colony may attract  vermin and will rot.

Do you want to avoid this problem in the future?

If you contact us we will set up a bee trap near the place which was occupied by them in the past for free.

A bee trap
A bee trap

When a swarm will pay you an unwanted visit, it will move into the bee trap instead of your porch or a nearby tree. This way instead of having a feral colony in an unwanted place, you will provide them, as well as yourself, with a better option. Once the bee trap is occupied we will provide the bees with a new, safe home in our apiary.

Small garden pollination

London, ON and surrounding area.  If you have a vegetable garden free of pesticides or herbicides and you want a better crop, but there is lack of pollinators in your area, please contact us.  Our bees will help you to pollinate your flowering trees, bushes, and vegetables, like beans, cucumber, zucchini, or squash in your garden.

Please contact us for details.  (This service is not offered to commercial farms or orchards where pesticides were used. Small, organic or permaculture farms are welcomed to inquire.)

  1. “Host a hive” program. There is a small, nominal fee per hive (please inquire). First option: June – August, removal at end of September. Second option: May – September, removal at end of September. You will host one or two startup colony hives on your property with a mutual benefit for you and our bees during the season. We will take care of our bees and if the season is bountiful, you will get a jar of raw, unpasteurized honey (first year colonies sometime will not produce an extra honey).
  2. “Temporary residence” program. There is a small, nominal fee per hive (please inquire). Few frame hive for a temporary (during the season up to two weeks) residence in your backyard.  Sometimes we need to move our new hives out of the apiary for a short time.  This way you do not need to worry about your neighbours or about having bees on your property for the whole season.  We will take care of the hive maintenance.
  3. “Sponsor a hive” program. Please inquire about cost per hive. One to two hives, standard size, will be placed on your property in May (an exact day can vary depending on temperature and weather) Hive/hives will be removed at the end of September. Every ten days – two weeks we will come around to check on the bees and you can participate in one-on-one, hands-on “beekeeping in a nutshell”. The hive or hives will be removed in September and you will receive four jars of your own unpasteurized honey!
  4. “Sponsor a hive” program for companies/organizations. Payments are on monthly basis.  On the ground or rooftops. Please inquire for details.
Consultation

We provide one-on-one consultation for beginners. Please contact us for details.

One-on-one consultation
One-on-one consultation

Products

Bees – nucleus hives

Our nucs (nucleus hives) have a queen and bees which were raised locally.  We do not treat our beehives with any chemicals or antibiotics. They are bred for survival in a cold winter climate.  The natural selection and natural beekeeping methods are used to achieve a strong immune system of the colony as a superorganism.

We are taking orders for Spring 2020 nucs.  A nucleus colony has a first year queen, a lot of worker bees, 2 frames of brood (baby bees still in their cells) a frame of honey and pollen and an empty comb frame for the queen to lay eggs in.

Raw, unpasteurized  Honey
Honey on a comb. Yum!
Honey on a comb. Yum!
  • Honey on a comb
  • Chunky honey (liquid honey together with a chunk of a comb in a jar)
  • Wildflower Honey 500 g or 1000 g jar
  • Golden Honey 500 g jar
  • Stocking-stuffer 60 g jar
  • Wedding favours
    • 45 ml/60 g hexagonal jar of honey with mini skep beeswax candle
    • 45 ml/60 g hexagonal jar of honey
Chemical Free Beeswax

Our beeswax is pure, raw, triple filtered, and free of chemicals and antibiotics.

Building a new comb with a natural wax
Starting a new comb with a natural wax