Most orchards rent bees to pollinate their fruit blossoms every spring. Their keeper drops them off, they do their work, then they get loaded back on the truck and move on to pollinate the next mono-crop. The keeper then harvests as much honey as possible, stores the bees in overwintering warehouses, and supplements their diets with sugar water.
Instead of using the bees, we decided to give them a permanent home. They are our bees. We want them to be healthy and strong, because we need them; we don’t have fruit without them.
In addition, the bees keep us accountable to the regenerative organic farming principles to which we’ve committed: We cannot spray harmful pesticides, and we must provide the bees with diverse sources of nectar. The bees forage from and pollinate our native desert and riparian plants, abundant cover crops, and wildflowers. We must provide a happy habitat for bees … which also happens to be a happy habitat for other beneficial insects on the farm.
All this results in hearty bees, but also in delicious, nutritious, honey from biodiverse sources. Order some here.