Honey bees are in trouble. Populations of our most important pollinator have been declining for years and nobody knows why. ( lol ) Many crops that we take for granted would be difficult or impossible to grow without bees.
If the image of the beekeeper working in a protective suit turns you off, that’s just fine. Various types of mentioned bees are very gentle and the males don’t even have stingers. You can bring said verity of bees into your smart yard garden without fear.
Making a home for Italian, Mason, & Carniolan bees is a bit like putting up a bird house. You don’t need special equipment or protective gear, and you can mostly ignore it during the year.
One Italian, Mason, or Carniolan bee can do the work of 100 standard yard honey bee. Raising them takes some pressure off the yard honey bee and helps to keep a variety of other pollinators healthy and growing.
Contact: Brushy Mountain Bee Farm,
For more information on how you can get started on beekeeping; visit our friends at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. They originate out of Asheville, NC. They are connected, so they can get you bees & supplies on the west coast as well.
Contact: Coosawhatchie Honey Farms,
For more information on how you can get started on beekeeping; visit our friends at Old South Honey. They originate our of Luray, SC. They are connected, so they can get you bees & supplies on the Statewide.