My Grandpa looking at Honey Bee Skeps at our cousins apiary in Croatia, to this day the smell of pipe tobacco brings back memories.......
Our bees do not go to pollination/monoagriculture. Our bees free forage in an area away from crops and as organic as possible. We do feed our bees supplements, including essential oils and multiple types of protein, carbohydrates and minerals for their health. We cater to all sorts of beekeepers, you may even request medium frames and/or foundationless nucs! Our established European queens are chosen from years of experimentation near the Tucson region, our studies include: longevity, mite tolerance (no such thing as a mite "resistant" colony), ability to fend off an AHB takeover, and gentleness for residential areas. Unfortunately, their is not one genetic line that covers all these traits. If you have a trait preference please let us know.
Workshop - Advanced Beekeeping
Working with Africanized Hives, Requeening, Making Splits, Spotting Failing Queens, Prevent Swarming, Banking Queens, Quality and genetics of Queens, Fixing Laying Workers, Diseases & Pests: AFB, EFB, Chalk Brood, PMS more on mites! Honey extraction and bottling, wax processing, pollen collection, propolis collection, making your own protein patties, queen candy, sugar boards and more!
Beekeeping 101 class or equivalent experience required prior to Advanced workshop. Class starts at 9am and is held south of Three Points, AZ. Prepare for an all day experience, bring your lunch or visit one of the local restaurants midday.
Thinking about starting a backyard beehive? Curious about keeping bees in Southern Arizona? Here is our introductory class. This class is designed for absolute beginners and emphasis on local problems such as Africanized Hybrid Honeybees. Learn the cast and demographics of the hive, different hive designs, protective gear and tips. The local seasons and how they affect the hive. Lots of practical information on setting up and maintaining your hive. Our area is very unique and beginner beekeeping books, though they are great for basic knowledge, will not prepare you for beekeeping in the Southwest. First half is in the classroom, second half is hands on in our bees! This helps you get comfortable being around bees. You will get the opportunity to to inspect hives with supervision and guidance. How to protect yourself and those around you. How and when to use a smoker and what to look for during inspections. During the hands on part, we inspect multiple hives. This gives us glimpses into different scenarios, one hive may have laying workers, one may be going through requeening, one may have mites, so each class can be different! A few times we even had to gather swarms that landed nearby! This class requires protective clothing. If you do not have a suit yet, don't worry, you can borrow one of ours. This class includes a one year membership to the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association.
1 day workshop, 6 hours long. Starts at 9am. Breaks at noon for lunch, either bring your own or visit one of the restaurants in Three Points, resumes at 1pm until 4pm.
We hold this class at our apiary South of Three Points for the safety of the community. We will be seeing the difference (hands on) between an Africanized Hybrid Hive and an European one. This class comes with continued hands on education (Sundays in the Apiary) and phone mentorship at no charge. By taking a class from a third generation beekeeper you are gaining the knowledge to assist you from potentially making costly mistakes causing bee deaths and/or harm to people and animals.
Space limited to 6 persons per class. Class fee is $150. You can choose to pay the full amount or hold your space by choosing 1/2 down with remainder due at the class by clicking on the drop down tab below. Ages 10-17 are half price when accompanied by an adult.
$65 per month. Prepay or pay on arrival (just message or email that you will be attending). This course is held once a month on the third Saturday (fourth Saturday in July) at 1:30pm. Especially designed for what is happening in the hives that month! Classroom & Hands on experience to take home and apply to your own colonies. This is especially helpful to those that only have one hive and need to have other hives to compare to. We will discuss and treat for Mites, pollen & nectar sources, how and when to feed, how and when to harvest honey, dearths & overwintering, robbing, laying worker, when to requeen, requeening european and africanized hives, swarm prevention, when to reduce hives and when to increase the size of a hive, preventing wax worms and much more. All information pertinent to that particular month. Holidays may interrupt class scheduling, if that occurs attendees will be notified of a different date for that month. Class participants will be eligible to win a prize from a drawing held each month. Participants also get to check out books from our library to be returned the next month to encourage Q&A period after each class. If you miss a class you may roll over to next month. Prerequisite Beekeeping 101 class or equivalent experience.
5 Deep Frames in a reusable cardboad nuc box. Includes established European queen, 4 frames of brood and one frame of honey.
PRICE IS $200. Reserve your nuc with a $75 deposit.
Orders are filled as soon as nucs become available in a first to reserve, first to receive order. Those pre-ordering will receive progress updates via email. All customers ordering receive a one time hive inspection at the owners request and my phone number for questions and advice. When you buy a nuc from us we become "bee family"!