About Us

Honeybee stewardship

For us, Honeybee stewardship depends on the presence of all necessary resources for honeybee success and the absence or control of adverse factors. Recognizing the Honeybee struggle led to concerns for their welfare since Honeybee health and habitat are largely affected by us.

Stewardship involves responsibility for something and also responsibility to someone. This can mean responsibility to the Honeybee to ensure their success for future generations. Beekeepers need to act as stewards, responsible for the Honeybees well being. We also have responsibilities to society considering much of the food we enjoy depends on its relationship with Honeybees. We live in times with different groups of beekeepers having different expectations of their Honeybees, but as beekeepers we are well placed to support stewardship for Honeybee welfare.

Our Beekeeping Practices

Our colony management applies minimally invasive best practices.
We produce only raw honey with temperatures maintained at less than 100 degrees to retain the flavor, aroma, enzymes, pollen as the bees intended.

Our colonies are not treated with miticids, antibiotics or any other chemical based treatments as part of our colony management practice. Emergency treatment conditions (from queen failure, excessively high mite loads, brood disease, etc. from drift) due to close proximity to colonies of poor health and management, the use of organic treatments approved as natural are applied only to re-gain colony health when needed.

Our pest and disease management training and application practices adhere to strategies and best practices established by NY Bee Wellness.

Our Northern Bees & Season

Our northern acclimated bees and queens are from colonies established throughout the Finger Lakes, eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the west side of the Tug Hill Plateau regions of upstate New York. They are selected for and well adapted to these regions seasonal cycles, weather conditions, forage (native, ornamental and agricultural), pests and diseases.

We produce queens, nucs and colonies primarily over seven, eight day cycles (June and July) each season. We do have some flexibility with our queen, nuc and colony distribution schedule depending on the weather and build-up of our colonies. Our goal is to produce the best quality possible combined with excellent service. Because we stand by our commitment to quality, we won’t sacrifice your new queens, nucs and colonies quality to meet a shipping date. We will do our best to work with you on a shipping date.

 

We  manage and sell additional colonies, and queens throughout New York,  Western and Central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland where the bee’s upstate New York heritage has served them equally well.

We encourage neighboring states with locations within 500 “air radius miles” of Canandaigua, NY to consider our bees and services for their apiary.

Support us in our effort to promote and establish Honeybee stewardship as well as form better beekeeper – grower – pollinator partnerships for a healthier, more productive and equitable apicultural future.

 

Our pledge to New York State and North East region beekeepers

We are committed to producing Northern acclimated bees and queens not only only for colonies established throughout the Finger Lakes, eastern shore of Lake Ontario and the west side of the Tug Hill Plateau regions of upstate New York, but all of New York State and the North East Region. To establish and select for bees well adapted to seasonal cycles, weather conditions, forage types (native, ornamental and agricultural) with high resistance to pests and diseases.

We encourage beekeepers and their respective organizations interested in the establishment and proliferation of northern acclimated bees on a large scale throughout New York and the North East to contact us for  rates, colony and queen availability and supporting services.

Natalie and Robin Towne