From the beginning...
Our introduction into honey bees and beekeeping is a fortuitous one. In 2012, through a connection with a personal relationship, commercial mead production, road trips, and an increase in global awareness towards honey bee health issues, we were first introduced to honey bees.
On the doorstep of this introduction and connection to honey bees, was an enthusiastic offer from a local beekeeper who had just completed a full season of beekeeping, offering to share his experience with others in the community, potentially interested in taking up beekeeping.
Little did we know then, how much the decision to get started as a beekeeper would impact our lives, and influence others.
From the beginning, with a professional background in teaching and coaching youth sport, we started sharing our beekeeping experience through social media, and with local environmental non-profit groups, (Revelstoke Local Food Initiative, Wildsight Revelstoke, and Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network, Wild Voices),
It wasn't long after we started, word caught on that there is a local beekeeper teaching all ages about honey bees and beekeeping. It has been a great opportunity to share our passion for teaching, connecting with new faces, and sharing what we have learned about honey bees and beekeeping.
Since then, we have enjoyed many opportunities to connect with the beekeeping resources in our region (through work experience with commercial beekeeping mentors), in our province of British Columbia (BC Honey Producers Association, BC Bee Breeders Association, Bee Master's course in 2020), and internationally (with Apimondia hosted in Montreal Canada in 2019), to build on what we've learned so far in beekeeping, and continue to pursue many opportunities to expand on all we know now.
Commercial Beekeeping is a complex set of skills that involves; planning, timing, patience, environment, adaptable best practices, resource management, hard work, and a thirst for knowledge. The experience of learning to balance each of these effectively can be hard to describe, (exciting and exhausting at the same time) but one that we certainly recommend.
Today we operate a small commercial beekeeping operation based in Revelstoke BC, Canada with operations stretching into Armstrong BC. We are focused on; producing quality local bee stock (nucs and queens), providing learning opportunities, and producing quality beehive products (honey, pollen, beeswax) for all to enjoy.