Our Apiary

Twin Oaks Farm Apiary

We have opted for a holistic approached to beekeeping where the bees come first and harvesting honey second.

Beekeeping

Our goal is to care for healthy colonies without the use of any pesticides (or pseudo-natural alternatives) and to help our bees build strong hives by providing ample forage.  Most importantly, we will provide them an adequate supply of their own honey.  The first year we do not harvest the honey at all; the second year we only harvest in the spring and then let the bees build their reserves for the winter.

But let’s have a look at a common practice in modern beekeeping: Bees on High Fructose Corn Syrup!

According to USDA, approximately 420 million pounds of honey is produced each year for human consumption in North America. Most people believe that all this honey is produced exclusively by the natural conversion of pollen, nectar or other organic plant materials by bees.  But true natural honey, whether USDA-certified or not, is only produced mid spring to late summer, when forage materials are readily available.  So how is honey production in many regions maintained continuously into the fall, winter and early spring, when the sources for conversion do not exist? The answer is the widespread practice of feeding bees refined sucrose or refined crystallized or liquid High Fructose Corn Syrup during the months when pollen and nectar are not available.

The product the bees produce when fed this diet is labeled “honey,” but does it have the same qualities as 100% honey?  But more significantly, given the alarming decline of bee populations, what does such a diet do to the bees?  Refined sugars consumed by humans rob the body of essential minerals as they are digested. Why do we assume that the bees suffer no negative effects? The strain of converting mineralized sugar into a simulation of honey is an exhausting, depleting and nutritionally depriving activity for the bees.  These additional months of stress on the hives eventually result in mite infestation and large bee kill-offs.

Our honey production

Our production of 100% honey is very small and we have decided to use the money from its sale exclusively to increase our bee population, and in this way to return to the bees the fruits of their labor.  This honey is exquisitely complicated and sweet in a subtle way.  Your first bites will instantly convince you that what you had thought of as honey until now is very likely something else. 

fully capped frame

We firmly believe our all organic non-chemical beekeeping is part of the solution to the ongoing bee problem! By purchasing a jar of our honey you will also be purchasing hive boxes and bees—and becoming an integral part of bee preservation.

Twin Oaks Farm Honey is exclusively available through our e-commerce :

www.twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more