We're a small business located in Bedford VA. We make all the woodenware and bees locally that we sell.
We were inspected on May 2nd, 2019 by the VA state apiarist.
Apiary Health Certification
Overwintered nucleus colony in complete hive
$300 including tax
Complete colony of bees including queen, pollen, honey, and brood on 5 frames of comb covered in bees.
Includes assembled painted bottom board, entrance reducer, 3 assembled painted mediums with assembled frames, assembled inner cover, and assembled painted telescoping outer cover. Our frames have solid top and bottom bars.
2019 nucleus colony in complete hive
$260 including tax
Complete colony of bees including queen, pollen, honey, and brood on 5 frames of comb covered in bees, started in 2019.
Includes assembled painted bottom board, entrance reducer, 3 assembled painted mediums with assembled frames, assembled inner cover, and assembled painted telescoping outer cover.
2019 nucleus colony
$160 including tax
Complete colony of bees including queen, pollen, honey, and brood started in 2019.
Includes 5 frames of drawn comb with brood, pollen, and honey in a waxed cardboard box.
$30/person/3 hour session
We offer teaching sessions at our production yards. We'll teach you how to read what is happening in the hives, what to do based on hive assessment, seasonal management activities, and practical tips. Each session lasts about 3 hours. Since it is extremely hands on and interactive, we cap the classes to 4 people. In the spring we're in our yards almost every week, so lots of opportunities. We recommend 2-3 sessions, but you'll get value out of every minute.
We also sell woodenware
There are 3 attributes to our bee products: age(overwintered/2019), how many bees(colony), and equipment(hive).
Age(overwintered/2019) refers to the age of the colony, and loosely the age of the queen. A 2019 hive most likely has a brand new queen, and an overwintered colony most likely has a queen that is at least a year old, but they could have requeened themselves. A requeened overwintered colony is still the same colony because the genetic line is the same.
Colony(nucleus) typically refers to the amount of bees. We only offer nucleus colonies: 5 frames of comb filled with resources/brood and covered in bees.
Hive(complete/cardboard) typically refers to the equipment(boxes, frames, etc). We make and run all 10 frame medium equipment(6 5/8"), even for the brood nest. We believe the management pro's outweigh the con's of standard equipment. Our complete hive consists of 3 mediums with frames, bottom board, inner cover, telescoping outer cover, entrance reducer.
We don't use foundation, wax or plastic, so there is no need for our frames to support foundation. To get more comb, we insert empty frames into the broodnest to suppress swarming and to encourage new comb production for the queen to lay eggs in. This requires more attentiveness on the part of the beekeeper and a willingness to correct mistakes when they happen, but has an overall positive effect on the bees.