Late 2010 we settled in at a new home, farm and honey processing facility on over 15 acres of somewhat isolated land north of the Marshall area of Madison County, North Carolina!
What kind of bees do we have? Well, mongrels, to be honest. We're trying to raise bees best adapted to our region's climate and threats. Our hives have never been exposed to pesticides or antibiotics in the hive, so we're selectively breeding for bees with superior immunity and hygienic behavior. From time to time, we purchase select pure bred queens from other areas to broaden our gene pool.
The last 15 years have been the most challenging times for bees. GMO crops, pesticide use and increased practices by our local French Broad Electric Coop of nasty herbicide spraying of their power line easements has been devastating for pollinator immune systems. It is hard to keep bee's alive, let alone healthy and productive! Maybe things will change.
As wonderful as honey is, pollination is the real gift of bees. Lyne dreams of having at least one beehive established per mile gridded across the land. This is the stuff of non-profits and tremendous community education and support. In the meantime, we participate with local and state bee organizations and will talk your ears off about bees whenever we get a chance.
We plan to improve our webstore at some point so it is more friendly as to online purchasing.