We have been fortunate, considering our remote location, to have a variety of opportunities to grow in beekeeping from our first year mentor Bill Saunders, to Bill Stagg's (Sweetacre Apiaries) beginner and intermediate courses, and work experience mentorship, to working with Emily Huxter (Wild Antho), and John Gates. These are all people who have lifted us up and supported our beekeeping experience over the years, and continue to.
We have reached the point in time where many hands can start to make light work. During 2020 Neil Keeble joined our team, as an experienced beekeeper with years of experience in large scale commercial operations in New Zealand.
In 2021, we were presented with, and accepted, an opportunity to increase our operations through a purchase agreement with John Gates for his business in Armstrong BC. Throughout the year, we had the great opportunity to work closely with, and learn from John, supporting the transition.
We are also very encouraged by the support provided through the Province of British Columbia Apiculturist's Office, BC Honey Producer's Association, BC Bee Breeders Association, and BC Tech Transfer Program (in development). It is an exciting and challenging time to be a commercial beekeeper.
This year (2022), following a 2 year term with the BC Bee Breeders Association Executive, I was elected to the BC Honey Producers Association Executive as 2nd Vice President. I'm really looking forward to drawing from decades of volunteer BOD/ Executive experiences, combined with my passion for beekeeping, and contributing to the BC Honey Producers Executive over the years to come.
Locally, our small community of beekeepers continues to gradually grow from the current 25+ beekeepers. We have a informal community beekeeping club that I help organize. We are not (yet) a branch club of the BCHPA. We meet quarterly to discuss seasonal best practices, share experiences, make comparisons etc. If you are interested in connecting with our local beekeeping community meetings, or have any questions about the local beekeeping scene, feel free to contact me anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It is interesting to see how universal beekeeping is, how connected we all are, and how much we really need shared knowledge and experiences. From our most primitive instincts as hunter gathers and story tellers for survival and evolution, the sharing and transfer of knowledge is essential to our development.
We are grateful for everyone that we have met so far through beekeeping, and look forward to expanding our team and experiences, as we grow our operations into the future. If you are interested in joining our team have a look at our available Employment positions.
Responsible for pretty much everything. Focused on providing quality apiculture products and services, while developing greater work experience opportunities for those who share my passions, including growing a commercial apiary.
Always up for an adventure to the bee yard, Titan's mostly responsible for supervising and observations from the truck, moral support, drawing attention from other dogs, and generally making everyone happy.
Neil joins us after many seasons of large scale commercial beekeeping in New Zealand, completing his first full year with us in 2021.
Neil has proven to be a huge asset to the team, passionate about bee breeding and quality bee stock production, we're fortunate to have him with us.